Understanding Soft Tissue Injuries

cyclingSoft tissues are muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and fascia.  They can become injured for different reasons including an acute episode as well as repetitive or cumulative trauma.  Whether the tissues are recovering from an acute injury or under constant demand from repetition they respond in similar ways, they lay down scar tissue.  This is our body’s way of repairing and healing itself.

cumulative injuryUnfortunately this scarring changes the normal function of the tissue along with its surrounding tissues.  It can cause them to become shorter and weaker.  This scarring can also lead to tendon dysfunction which may lead to tendonitis, and can also cause nerve entrapment.

Active Release Technique (ART®) is designed to identify and address scar tissue adhesions that are interfering with the normal strength and flexibility of the body, not simply stretch out the muscles.  As an ART® practitioner I assess the texture and tension of the tissue to determine if the tissue is healthy or contains scar tissue that needs further treatment. When scar tissue adhesions are felt the amount and direction of tension can be modified to treat the problematic area.  ART® treatment is performed on most patients as soft tissue dysfunction is usually present.

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