Active Release Techniques (ART®) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats conditions involving muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. At Athlete's Care, many of our healthcare practitioners are certified ART® providers who will incorporate ART® into their treatments. ART® can be highly effective in the treatment of:
When a muscle, ligament or tendon is injured, either through direct trauma or with overuse, the body naturally forms scar tissue or adhesions to bind the injured tissue. As the scar tissue builds up and becomes more dense it often binds to surrounding structures, resulting in limited mobility, decreased muscle strength and pain. Although the body can tolerate and adapt to a certain amount of scar tissue it is unable to naturally reduce scar tissue and therefore treatment is required.
At Athlete’s Care, an ART® provider will evaluate the patient and identify the soft tissue that has been injured and where the scar tissue has formed. The treatment involves a combination of direct pressure and specific guided movement patterns of the patient.
Athlete’s Care Sports Medicine Centres is a network of mulitidisciplinary clinics in Toronto and surrounding communities. ART® treatment can be highly effective when incorporated into a rehabilitation program. Our certified Active Release Technique® providers include physiotherapists, massage therapists and chiropractors.