Active Release TECHNIQUE
Active Release Technique (ART) is a soft tissue technique which uses patient movement and stretching combined with a therapeutic touch in order to relieve pain and restore movement to an area. We have had great results using ART for a wide variety of conditions such as low back pain, shoulder pain, shin splints, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more.
Dr. Cuiffo is proud to be a part of ART’s Elite Provider Network and has received advanced training and certifications in the technique. If you are interested in providing ART to your employers as part of the workplace wellness program, please click here for more information.
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.