Active Release Technique for Shoulder Pain
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Active Release Technique for Shoulder Pain

How Active Release Technique can help with shoulder pain

Active Release Technique or ART is a state-of-the-art soft tissue treatment system and movement-based technique designed to help treat muscle problems as well as problems with tendons, ligaments, nerves, and fascia. The technique can also benefit patients suffering from headaches, back pain, temporomandibular joint, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, shoulder pain, tendon sheath, knee problems, tibia pain, heel spur, soft tissue inflammation and other inflammatory problems of the joints. These conditions are often caused by overused and stressed muscles, which are exactly what active release technique addresses.


ART is used to treat disorders that are due to the formation of scar tissue or adhesions due to tense or overused muscles. According to practitioners of ART, the muscles tend to become weaker and shorter as these adhesions accumulate, resulting in altered range of motion resulting not only in the muscles but also in the joints. This is also due to the compression of nerves. The combination of these conditions reduces blood supply to the tissue, which ultimately results in pain and poor flexibility or mobility. It is the goal of the ART to restore smooth tissue movement and decompress / release trapped blood vessels and nerves, thus normalizing and improving blood flow.

With a painful shoulder impingement (impingement syndrome), the gap between the humeral head and the roof of the roof is too narrow. As a result of this, the bone presses on a tendon that runs there during certain sideways movements of the arm, the body reacts with a painful inflammation. This is initially treated with drugs: painkillers and cortisone – either in tablet form or in individual cases two to three times as a syringe.

Supportive physiotherapy is about centering the humeral head again. The muscle training should ensure that the joint space between the humeral head and shoulder roof increases. Patients should train daily according to the instructions of their physiotherapist.

In the art, the practitioner uses trained hands to assess the mobility, texture and density of soft tissue in problem areas. By using hand pressure, he or she will try to remove fibrous adhesions and break with the help of stretching movements, following the direction of the venous and lymphatic flows. In some cases, the chiropractor can also go against these natural flows to solve the problem.

Like other forms of soft tissue treatment, the initial values of ART involves assisted movement of the patient’s tissue (by the osteopath). The subsequent stages require the patient to actively and energetically move to the diseased tissue in a prescribed manner while the therapist applies tension or pressure to a particular area. Patient involvement is one of the unique benefits of the technique because it is believed that patients who actively participate in improving their own health experience will get better results.

While ART offers a world of benefits, there is a right and wrong time to use this treatment. The therapy, for one, is when patients experience a blunt trauma and active inflammation, as techniques could worsen the case. Otherwise, there are no significant contraindications to the treatment and it can be used freely and safely, provided that the treatment is limited to alternate days.

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