The human body possesses some remarkably powerful mechanisms for repairing itself, including the production of scar tissue to protect, stabilize, and rebuild the damage. However, if that internal scarring gets out of control, you may still end up debilitated by that old, nagging sports injury. Fortunately, at Hughes Chiropractic & Massage we can help you regain your pain-free mobility through the use of an advanced treatment modality known as active release technique, or ART.
What Is Active Release Technique?
Active release technique is a form of tissue manipulation originally designed by a chiropractor to help athletes get over soft tissue injuries that didn't quite heal correctly. Normally, the body produces scar tissue over/around an injury site to hold the tissues in place, preventing further damage and allowing them to rebuild themselves.
However, while scarring may be a normal process, excessive scarring is not. Too much scar tissue can actually create adhesions, areas of scar tissue overgrowth that cause neighboring tissues to stick together.
Adhesions can drastically limit your range of motion long after your original sports injury has healed. You may feel a tugging or pulling sensation every time you try to engage the affected muscles or connective tissues. You may also experience neurological symptoms caused by nerve entrapment.
Active release technique can release afflicted tissues from their unwanted webs of scar tissue. When you visit our office, Dr. Trisha Hughes will be able to feel for the telltale lumps that indicate adhesions in stiff or painful parts of the body. Once the adhesions are pinpointed, careful manipulation can break them up. ART includes over 500 distinct manipulations for the diagnosis and treatment of adhesions.
Relief From Many Painful Problems
Dr. Hughes can help you combat numerous conditions related to sports injuries. By freeing up muscles, fascia, and ligaments and tendons, Dr. Hughes can help you get over common problems such as:
- Shin splints
- Tennis or golf elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Nagging neck or back pain
- Plantar fasciitis
Dr. Hughes offers a larger holistic sports injury rehabilitation plan designed just for you. Alongside chiropractic adjustment, massage therapy, trigger point therapy, rehabilitative exercises, and other techniques to help out you back in the game. Contact us at (425) 271-4543 so our chiropractic team can schedule your consultation.