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Our Chiropractors Answer Frequently Asked Questions about Active Release Technique 

Anchorage active release technique team at Adkins Chiropractic

What is Active Release Technique?

Active release technique (ART) is a manual therapy that treats conditions associated with soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and the thin layer of fascia tissue that encloses a muscle or organ. ART is especially effective in the treatment of overuse conditions.

What are overuse conditions?

Overuse injuries are those conditions resulting from subjecting a specific body part to repetitive stress without allowing time for the body to heal. Without proper treatment, overuse can affect or damage bone, muscle, tendons and ligaments.

Overuse can cause a large area of pulled or torn tissue. It can also cause micro-trauma, which is the accumulation of many small tissue tears. Extended use can even starve muscle and tissue cells of the oxygen, a condition known as hypoxia. ART treats overuse conditions to ease pain, increase mobility and slow scar tissue formation.

Why is it important to treat scar tissue with ART?

Overuse injuries can cause scarring in the affected areas. In a condition known as adhesions, tough dense scar tissue binds up and tethers down tissue that otherwise move freely. Accumulating scars and adhesions cause trapped tissue to bunch up, becoming shorter, weaker and increasingly unable to function properly. Bunched and trapped tissue pulls at tendons to create tension, resulting in tendonitis and causing pain, weakness, and poor range of motion. Tension on tendons can trap nerves to cause tingling, numbness, or a ‘pins and needles’ sensation.  

What are treatment protocols?

Chiropractors certified in ART use several treatment techniques, known as protocols. A treatment protocol is a specific body movement used to diagnose a soft tissue injury, provide treatment or relieve internal scarring. ART is quite sophisticated in that there are more than 500 treatment protocols associated with the technique.

What conditions can chiropractors treat using ART?

Chiropractors use ART to treat a number of conditions, including:

  • Sciatica
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder pain
  • Planar fasciitis
  • Knee problems
  • Tennis elbow

What can I expect from an ART treatment?

Our chiropractors begin the ART session by discussing symptoms and reviewing the patient’s medical history. Our chiropractors perform a detailed physical examination and treatment protocols, looking for signs of unnatural physical limitations and evidence of scarring or adhesions. The practitioner then applies appropriate protocols to break up scar tissue and free soft tissue.

What are the benefits of ART?

ART reduces scarring and adhesions that cause pain and restrict movement. It improves range of motion, eases headaches, treats common sports injuries and joint problems, and provides complete pain relief without drugs or surgery.

Do any chiropractors in Anchorage perform ART?

Dr. Joel Adkins & Dr. Kyle Hanford are your chiropractors in Anchorage for ART! If you suffer from an overuse injury, make an appointment with Adkins Chiropractic, located at 12570 Old Seward Hwy Unit 101 Anchorage, AK, by calling 907-333-3535!   

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