How do overuse conditions occur? Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
- acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
- accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
- not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue 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.
What is an ART treatment like?
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.
What is the history of Active Release Techniques?
ART has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients’ symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients’ problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART.
I have suffered from chronic acute tendonitis in both of my Achilles tendons for ten years. After all previous methods I had tried to get me out of pain no longer worked, I looked on the ‘Active Release Technique’web site and found Dr. Maggio listed as a provider. I have had great results!!! After my first session, I was able to ride horses again for the first time in over a year. Also, my posture was corrected. I was walking bent over due to the pain in my Achilles tendons and legs.
The pain changed how I walked. Now I walk normally and not bent over. As time went on, I became able to get out of bed without those extremely painful first steps that tendonitis sufferers dread so very much. Later, I was able to remain pain free all day, as long as I stayed within my parameters for walking and did not over do walking up hills. Walking further and going up hills are my next goals to be accomplished through ART, and I expect them to be met with no problems.
I am very excited about the benefits I have received from my ART treatments! Dr. Maggio is a great practitioner! He knows his technique and has great hands. I speak from experience because I have been to dozens of practitioners in my quest to get well. I hope you will seek him out and use ART because it works! I can claim this from experience too.
Blake Emerson Santa Fe, NM