Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) is one of the leading soft tissue techniques available for treating muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. It is commonly used by many professional teams and on the collegiate level for soft tissue treatment of their athletes. The purpose of ART is preventing and breaking up dense scar tissue, also called adhesions. When adhesions are present it doesn’t allow proper gliding of soft tissue which leads to reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. The common reason adhesions form is often a result of overused muscles.

Overused muscles are often associated with many conditions such as:

•        Headaches

•        Neck and Back Pain

•        Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

•        Shoulder Pain

•        Hip, Knee, and Ankle Pain

•        Nerve Entrapment

•        Plantar Fasciitis

•        Tennis/Golfers Elbow

A.R.T. has proven to be very effective in the treatment of these conditions and more. Whether it is breaking up adhesions from overused muscle or preventing adhesions from forming following an acute injury, A.R.T. has shown to improve musculoskeletal function and reduce pain.

A.R.T. providers use their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. A.R.T. consists of over 500 specific moves that are unique to A.R.T. During treatment the tissue being treated is started in a shortened position, proper contact and tension is applied, and then the patient will either actively or passively perform the specific movement through the tissues full range of motion. This will help to restore proper gliding of the soft tissue leading to increased range of motion, increased strength, and reduction in pain.

Dr. Bunge is a full body certified Active Release Technique provider. If you are interested in learning more or want to set up a free consultation with Dr. Bunge contact our office today!  TROSS Spine & Sports Performance today! We serve the Cottleville, St. Peters, St. Charles, and O’Fallon area!  

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