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Active Release Technique (PT, Physical Therapy)

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Active Release Technique (ART) Providers

Soft tissue damage can leave you feeling weak and unable to participate in your normal activities. If you’re suffering from this kind of pain, seek an active release technique (ART) in Brooklyn.

The active release technique providers at Tri PT help you out of pain and heal your soft tissue so you can get back to your normal routine, including the exercises or sports that are part of your life. Don’t settle for just a therapeutic massage; try an active release technique massage at your local physical therapy practice.

The active release technique (ART) is a physical therapy method that treats your body’s soft tissue. By using a specific combination of manipulation and movement, your physical therapy practitioners can help restore soft tissue to its pre-damaged state.

For 30 years, ART has been useful in providing relief for those suffering from shoulder pain, as well as pain from other areas of your body.

ART breaks up scar tissue by identifying, isolating and targeting the affected area that’s causing you pain. This comprehensive approach fosters improved blood flow and quicker healing from injuries, such as sports-related injuries and work-related injuries. Specifically, your physical therapist can use ART on:

  • Ligaments
  • Muscles
  • Nerves
  • Tendons

How ART Reduces Your Pain


At TRI Physical Therapy practice a soft tissue specialist talks with you about your symptoms and your history with the specific pain. Next, you take a series of tests to determine what causes you pain and how intense the pain is for you. Your therapist uses a hands-on technique to feel into your soft tissue.

Finding tension and texture changes through movement pinpoints the problem areas. Your therapist uses a special massage technique to directly address the issues.

The goal of ART is to restore free and unlimited movement of your soft tissues, returning normal feeling in the area and releasing trapped nerves, vasculature and lymphatics.

The active release technique provides strong results for the following conditions that often result from scar tissue formation:

  • Acute injuries. These types of injuries include collisions or tears that result from playing sports or exercising.
  • Micro-trauma. Micro-traumas are due to worn-down tissue caused by age, overuse and inflammation.
  • Hypoxia. This condition happens when soft tissue doesn’t get enough nutrients.

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Major Benefits of ART

Our physical therapist uses ART as part of its healing process. The technique’s precise and targeted approach has proven to be very effective. ART sessions may be different each time you visit TRI Physical Therapy, as each treatment addresses the symptom that’s most front-and-center for you in the moment.

Your active release technique provider locates the area causing pain and uses the technique to relax and heal the damaged tissue. The pain may be in your back or elsewhere on your body. Our physical therapists offer physical therapy for the lower back using active release technique. The five major benefits of ART are:

  • Increasing flexibility. The active release technique relaxes muscles naturally, allows them to move freely and increases your flexibility. It’s especially effective for your shoulders and hamstrings.
  • Improving range of motion after injuries. Musculoskeletal disorders developed after an injury often show improvement after this treatment.
  • Reducing chronic lower back pain. ART therapy has proven effective in breaking up scar tissue and releasing compressed nerves responsible for chronic low back pain.
  • Treating the effects of carpel tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel restricts hand mobility because of pain caused by compressed or swollen nerves.
  • Preventing running injuries and improving running performance. If you’re an athlete or just regularly engage in high-impact physical exercise, fibrous tissues can build up without any symptoms. Then, while performing your sport or exercise, an injury happens because of these adhesions that cause the affected muscles to tighten and shorten.

Timeline and Full Recovery

The timeline of your physical therapy recovery depends on you and your injury. Some people respond quickly to ART physical therapy, while others require more time. Factors include your age, how much scar tissue you have and how often you have treatment at your local physical therapy practice.

Rarely, chronic problems that you’ve developed from a buildup of old adhesions can lengthen your time in physical therapy.

Follow through the full round of treatment sessions. It’s recommended that you schedule your first few appointments close to each other. This helps your body acclimate to the therapy and start a good foundation leading to full recovery. Don’t be discouraged by your progress, although you may experience some benefits of the treatment as soon as your first session.

Active release technique massage is a physical therapy treatment that’s effective for a number of sports or repetitive-use injuries to your soft tissues. The ultimate goal of ART is to uncover the origin of your pain and treat it thoroughly to restore you to the active lifestyle you enjoyed before your injury. Get ART physical therapy by contacting TRI Physical Therapy.

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