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What is Active Release Techniques®?
Active Release Techniques® (
These conditions are often caused by the overuse of muscles resulting in restricted motion, reduced circulation, and altered nerve function which leads to the formation of scare tissue (knots or adhesions) in the muscle. As the scar tissue builds up, it inhibits the muscles to contract normally and the muscles begin to lose their ability to function properly. This leads to the recruitment of other surrounding muscles to work harder as the body compensates. Without treatment, over time the body will not be able to compensate any more and pain will result.
Active Release Techniques® works to break up the scare tissue adhesions in the muscle restoring normal function to the soft tissue. This system, along with chiropractic adjustments is one of the most effective ways to treat the cause of the injury, and consequently prevent future injuries from occurring. This is especially effective if the adhesion has altered blood circulation. Decreased blood flow results in a decreased amount of oxygen getting to the soft tissue, a primary factor in the production of new scar tissue.
A treatment plan composed of chiropractic manipulation, along with
Dr. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP
The founder of Active Release Techniques®
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