Active Release Techniques (ART) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fascitiis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of over-used muscles.
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
* acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
* accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma, repetitive stress injury)
* 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, numbess and weakness.
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider (Dr. Paulson) uses his 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.
The 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.
For more information on ART and how it can help you, give our office a call today (320-235-6320) and ask to speak with Dr. Paulson!