What is the difference between Active Release Techniques and Fascia massage? Well to start, they are completely different.
Active Release Techniques involves specifically directed tension by the therapist on the soft tissue in combination with specific movements performed either by the therapist, or the client. It’s usually a much more intense, aggressive soft tissue treatment than massage/fascial work. Our therapists are trained and certified to perform this type of technique for our clients.
Anyone who has had ART (Active Release Techniques) will tell you that this is not a massage. Active Release Techniques are specifically designed to help with adhesions and scar tissue that form. It also helps with tender spots in muscles that cause you to feel pain. The pain may not be in the area you feel it but it’s telling the brain there is a pain in a different area. With correcting the function of the muscle trigger point the pain goes away and so does the pain referral.
Active Release Techniques can help a long list of conditions, the rotator cuff injury involves 4 muscles that stabilize your shoulder. Tendinitis or runners shin splints, golfers elbow, or tennis elbow, sciatica, headaches, Bursitis, muscles pulls and strains, knee pain just to name a few. These conditions have one major thing in common, most of these conditions are caused by muscles that are overused.
Active Release Techniques can be more intense and aggressive then you are used to, but this is needed during the movement stage so that the scar tissue and adhesions can be broken up. When you have adhesions and scar tissue in your muscles it can cause the muscles and tendons to become shorter and weaker, causing the nerves to compress resulting in decreased blood flow and poorer mobility.
Make an appointment at Adica Massage Clinic today for an Active Release Techniques session. We are full of knowledge and love to help our clients anyway that we can.