What Is ART®?
ART® (Active Release Techniques) is a patented, state of the art movement-based soft tissue technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. ART® helps break down pain generating soft tissue adhesions (scar tissue), a by-product of cumulative soft tissue trauma, which results in increased soft tissue tension, pain, and dysfunction. Peak Health and Performance practitioners re-certify their ART® certifications annually to keep up-to-date with the most recent developments and continually refine their treatment and diagnostic skills.
How Do Overuse Conditions Occur?
Soft tissue adhesions can be the result of acute injuries such as sprains, strains, or bruises; or they can be the result of repetitive motions common in athletic training or in the daily routines of the workplace. When muscles and tissues are repetitively contracted, blood flow becomes restricted to the surrounding tissues. The purpose of blood flow is to provide oxygen to the tissues, which is then used to create energy for the tissues so that they can carry on with their activities.
Muscles require a lot of oxygen to function. If muscles are overused, this chronically limits blood flow, thereby decreasing the oxygen supply to the area. When this occurs, the body begins to replace the muscle tissue with tissue that doesn’t require as much oxygen or energy to function – mainly scar tissue. Scar tissue is a hard and sticky substance that binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness. Most musculoskeletal conditions can be treated with Active Release Techniques.