The term soft tissue is used to refer to the bodies’ muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Tension and restrictions may develop in these tissues usually due to repetitive use or misuse. Adhesions may also build in these tissues which alter their ability to function optimally.
Active Release Techniques and other soft tissue therapies are a hands-on soft tissue treatment used to diagnose, break down adhesions, and decrease tension, allowing for optimal function of the tissues.
During the treatment the practitioner’s hands evaluate the overall feel and movement of the soft tissues. Tissues are then treated using precisely directed pressure coupled with specific patient movements. Treatments can be somewhat achy, with potential soreness the next day, but the overall results make the temporary achiness worthwhile.