Active Release Therapy permanently breaks down adhesions
Whether you’re desk bound or an athlete, gain better performance by removing “glued” soft tissue.
Active Release Therapy was developed some 30 years ago by an aeronautical engineer who became a Chiropractor. As Dr Leahy analysed the movement of elite athletes, he realised his engineering and chiropractic skills gave him a powerful edge in treating their soft tissue injuries. This helped his athletes gain peak performance quickly.
With his new understanding of anatomy and the body’s mechanics, Dr Leahy gained a unique insight into soft tissue injuries from overuse or repetitive strain.
He found they resulted from:
- a build up of small tears (micro-trauma)
- acute injuries (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
- lack of oxygen (hypoxia)
Scar tissue or adhesions were formed, “gluing” tissues together, stopping their free movement. As scar tissue built up, muscles became shorter and weaker. As a result, range of motion decreased, strength was lost, and pain set in.
If this happens in your tendons, it results in tendonitis eg tennis elbow. If it happens to your nerves, they can become trapped eg sciatica. If you have a trapped nerve, you are likely to feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
Normally, your body naturally rids itself of scar tissue. However, when it builds up, it needs to be removed manually. Active Release Techniques ® was specifically developed to remove scar tissue. It shortens treatment time and provides lasting relief for repetitive strain (RSI) or overuse injuries.