An Active Release Techniques (ART) session is both an examination and treatment. The primary objective of ART is to identify dysfunctioning tissue that may be adhesed or caught up due to binding scar tissue. This scar tissue forms as a result of acute injury or repetitive overuse conditions. ART works to eliminate the pain and dysfunction associated with these adhesions.
During each session Dr. Sean Starr will use his hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of the muscle, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. The abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with a very specific movement pattern.
One of the big things about ART is to not only break down the scar tissue, but also identify why this scar tissue has developed in the first place. Most people think of scar tissue as something that develops only after a cut, strain, or a crushing injury and occurs only at the site of injury. Actually, there are many more ways that scar tissue can develop. Stress, poor posture, and repetitive motions like typing or driving, are all examples of things that can cause muscles to tighten up, leading to adhesions.
When muscles tighten up for an extended time, this causes increased friction, pressure and tension to build between the muscle layers. As a result the oxygen supply to the muscle is significantly decreased. When the muscle tissue does not get enough oxygen, the resulting condition is called hypoxia. Hypoxia leads to scar tissue development because some of our muscle cells and connective tissue cells die and stimulate fibrosis; the process that creates scar tissue and adhesions.
This cycle repeats itself and escalates in PAIN, INFLAMMATION, & new INURIES caused by the restrictive scar tissue.