As many athletes know, there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to run or compete due to an injury. And even worse, many running injuries become recurrent and are slow to respond to tradtional types of care.
There are two types of injuries-acute and repetetive. The most common are repetetive injuries. Repetive injuries occurs slowly over time when performing the same motion over and over again.
Each body segment or part, needs to work together with all the other connected body parts in order for the whole system (kinetic chain) to function efficiently. For example, the hamstring muslces must be loose and at maximum length in order for the knee to extend properly and for the hip to flex. Any shortening or tightness of a muscle or group of muscles will place undue stress on other muscles and connecting joints.
This excessive stress or strain on the muscles and joints creates microtrauma of the tissues and over time can produce significant injuries. The bodies response to tissue damage is to lay down adhesive scar tissue which is not a problem of itself. However when repetitive injuries occur producing excessive amounts of scar tissue, adhesions will develop which can create pain, stiffness and will impair normal motion.
Some of the more common traditional treatments for these type of running injuries include anti-inflammatory medications, rest, ice, ultrasound, muscle stimulation, steroid injections, stretching, exercise and sometimes surgery. Unfortunately, these treatments are not effective and can require a long treatment period before any results can be attatined.
The main reason that these forms of treatment are primarily ineffective is because they don't address the underlying scar tissue adhesions that have developed within the muscles and surrounding soft tissues. These adhesions are binding down the tissues together, restricting normal biomechanical motion and interfering with the normal flexibility and contraction of the muscles in the kinetic chain.
Even more active approaches such as stretching or exercise are only effective until after the underlying adhesions are treated and removed. When stretching, only the areas above and below the restrictions are lengthened. In fact, trying to strengthen a scarred up muscle can often aggravate the area and create additional injury and scar tissue formation.
Active Release Techniques are specifically designed to locate and treat scar tissue adhesions. ART treatment allows me to permanently alleviate pain, reinstate normal tissue flexibility and movement as well as restore normal stability to the kinetic chain.