At Chiro & Sports Med the chiropractors apply soft tissue techniques by using their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and mobility of the soft tissue. The most commonly used soft tissue technique is Active Release Technique (ART). ART is a soft tissue system/movement-based technique used to treat problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Using hand pressure, we work to remove or break up the fibrous adhesions, with the stretching motions generally in the direction of venous and lymphatic flow, although the opposite direction may occasionally be used.
ART is most commonly used to treat conditions related to adhesions or scar tissue in overused muscles. As adhesions build up, muscles become shorter and weaker, the motion of muscles and joints are altered, and nerves can be compressed. As a result, tissues suffer from decreased blood supply, pain, and poor mobility. The goal of ART is to restore the smooth movement of tissues and to release any trapped nerves or blood vessels. In the first three levels of ART treatment, as with other soft-tissue treatment forms, movement of your tissue is done by your chiropractor. In level four, however, ART requires you to actively move the affected tissue in prescribed ways while your chiropractor applies a specific tension.