Active Release Technique

At Tacoma Chiropractic Center, we have been providing our patients with natural and effective chiropractic care for many years. Our chiropractor is proud to offer adjustments using the Active Release Technique. Active Release Technique (ART) is a non-invasive chiropractic technique used to treat soft tissue injuries by breaking up scar tissue. There are many benefits to ART, adjustments, and our chiropractor will assess your musculoskeletal system to determine whether or not it is right for you.

What is Active Release Therapy?

Active Release Technique has been around for over 35 years. The objective of ART adjustments is to break up scar tissue that causes pain and mobility issues. This treatment identifies, isolates, and targets restricted tissue to enhance circulation, reducing inflammation and promoting faster self-healing.  

How Is ART Done?

During treatment, our chiropractor uses manual therapy to apply compressive and tensile force on the injury site. Simultaneously, the patient actively moves the affected tissue from a shortened to a lengthened position. Think of ART as a massage therapy involving motion and stretching, only that the chiropractor uses small but targeted contact points instead of broad strokes. You could describe the intensity of ART as “good pain” because the objective is to increase your system’s tolerance to stretching. 

What Does Active Release Technique Treat?

Chiropractors use ART to treat pain and discomfort caused by injury to:

  • Tendons and ligaments: Stretching and trauma can cause injuries to tendons and ligaments, leading to pain and a restricted range of motion. 
  • Fascia: Inflammations like plantar fasciitis can cause pain and stiffness in the connective tissue (fascia) that supports muscles and organs.
  • Muscles: Strains, repetitive motion, poor posture, and trauma can cause injury to muscles in your neck, back, shoulder, back, and legs.

Benefits of ART

Unlike other massage therapies, ART has a unique treatment protocol with over 500 special moves which practitioners have to learn to treat soft tissue discomfort. During each session, our chiropractor will identify and address restricted tissues. While anyone can benefit from ART adjustments, athletes find it particularly useful. People who experience regular neck pain, shoulder pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome also benefit from this treatment.

Other conditions managed by ART include:

  • Sciatica
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Shin splints
  • Golfer’s or tennis elbow
  • Tendinitis
  • Lower back pain
  • Post-surgery scarring and adhesions
  • Runner’s knee 

Active Release Therapy in Tacoma

If you are interested in receiving Active Release Technique adjustments in Tacoma, contact Tacoma Chiropractic Center today. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor, call us at (253) 759-1500.

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2611 N. Stevens St Tacoma, WA, 98407

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    Anastasia, Family Medicine MD
  • "What a wonderful alternative to carpal tunnel surgery. Wrist adjustments work wonders."
  • "My patients appreciate the help and professionalism in this office. Patients report improvement in pain and mobility and also appreciate being told when other modalities or treatment options are recommended."
    Greta, Internal Medicine MD
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    Amy - Tacoma, WA
  • "As a busy family practice physician, I have had the opportunity and privilege to work with DR’s. Robert and Cessalie Stalder for the past 10 years and we have built a very collegial relationship based on the fundamental principal of providing quality care for our patients. Their practice is directed at patient improvement, ultimate care and complete satisfaction."
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