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What is it, and How can it help you?
Myofascial release techniques are soft tissue treatments using a hands-on approach. These techniques are comparable to a very specific massage-like treatment combined with stretching and motion. This allows the therapist to not only treat, but to diagnose soft tissue injuries by feeling the texture of muscles and fascia.
Active Release Technique is the most well known and popular myofascial technique. These techniques are used to induce motion between muscles and different fascial planes, and break down scar tissues and adhesions.
This soft tissue technique is applied to muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. They can help treat tight and tender muscles, repetitive strain injuries, post surgical scar tissue, joint dysfunction, and adhesions that restrict range of motion.
These techniques use motion and applied pressure to stretch the tissue while pressure is applied. This allows very specific areas to be targeted in very precise ways. Active motion (patients moves body part) is used whenever possible to give them a sense of control and maximize range of motion.
The speed of the motion can be adjusted to help with patient tolerance. Slow motion is more tolerable. The pressure used on the different tissues is based on patient tolerance, making it a comfortable and effective treatment for any musculoskeletal conditions.
Conditions Treated with Active Release Technique
- low back pain
- Neck Pain
- Postural strain and tension
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- Golfers elbow
- Runner’s knee
- Shin Splints
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shoulder pain
- Sports Injuries
- Cumulative Trauma / overuse injuries