Can Active Release Therapy Replace Other Treatment Forms?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Massage Therapist and Physiotherapy Blog

Can Active Release Therapy Replace Other Treatment Forms?

If you have heard of active release therapy and/or are wondering about its effectiveness compared to other forms of treatment, you may be surprised to learn that it often offers benefits that other treatments do not. For example, if you’re thinking about your next deep tissue massage after a long run, you may not know that active release therapy may be more effective at removing soft tissue adhesions than a one-hour massage.

Okay, so what about other forms of therapy then? Here’s a quick breakdown that may help you get a better idea of the benefits of active release therapy (ART) in comparison:

  • Chiropractic vs. ART – Actually, active release therapy is often a major component of chiropractic care, although not all chiropractors are certified to provide ART. While chiropractic care focuses on spine realignment and improved body function, it may not always offer the same results to the soft tissue like ART can.
  • Acupuncture vs. ART – While acupuncture and other similar modalities can certainly be effective in treating areas of pain and discomfort, it may take several treatments to begin seeing positive results. With ART, you may notice a marked difference in just one treatment.
  • Physical Therapy vs. ART – Physical therapy can be incredibly beneficial in the healing and restorative process if you have sustained an injury; however, it also often focuses on superficial healing (ice and heat) and long-term strength-building exercises. Active release therapy may help to engage your muscles more quickly and allow you to enjoy greater range of motion and mobility more quickly.

The most important takeaway, however, is not that ART is the best form of treatment for injuries, but primarily that, when used in conjunction with other modalities, it can be incredibly effective in helping you get back to your routine. Especially if you lead an active lifestyle, active release therapy in addition to chiropractic care, massage, and other treatment forms may enhance your ability to run, jump, play, and compete.

At Heal Sports Medicine, we’ll help you come up with a comprehensive treatment plan for your sports-related injuries and ensure that you are working towards your wellness goals. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of active release therapy and other treatment forms.

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