So I love museums and all art-related things but that is not the topic here. This ART relates to injury prevention and injury recovery.
ART stands for Active Release Techniques. It is usually done by a licensed chiropractor or PT.
I am not an expert but since I am currently undergoing it, I thought I’d learn about it and share what I’ve learned here.
So what are Active Release Techniques?
They are defined as “a soft tissue method that focuses on relieving tissue tension via the removal of fibrosis/adhesions which can develop in tissues as a result of overload due to repetitive use.”
How is it done?
Instead of treating a general area, the chiro uses his/her hands to feel for abnormal or damaged tissue in muscle, fascia, tendons, ligaments or nerves.
In my case, it was my leg but she also worked on my lower back.
He/she then applies intense and repetitive movement-based massage techniques to release buildup of dense scar tissue, restore normal function and decrease bad pain. My chiro also used a metal instrument (for “scraping”) in addition to her hands.
Is it painful?
Yes and no. Everyone’s pain threshold is different. But on the whole, it hurts!!
I had painful bruises on my leg after the first session.
How many sessions do you need?
That depends as well. Some respond after one treatment and others need more. Also it depends on the severity of the injury or if it is just prevention (as in before a big race) or maintenance throughout the year.
Sometimes, you can be in more pain than before the treatment.
I have 6 sessions scheduled (2 sessions per week) which is what is recommended for injuries.
Is it always successful?
I am sure not always but I have read many reports that ART has helped.
The verdict is still out for me.
When should you use it?
Any runner in training is a candidate for ART because it can fix things before the runner even knows there’s an issue. So it can prevent injury.
Of course, if a runner is injured, ART promotes faster recovery and restoration of normal tissue function.
Why am I trying it?
If you know me, you should be surprised.
I have never gone to a chiropractor. I have never even had a massage. I don’t stretch or foam roll.
So with my first injury, I freaked especially since for the first time ever, I have FOUR half marathons and a 15k in FOUR months and I signed up for my FIRST MARATHON!!!!!!!
Normally, I would just either run through it or just rest for awhile.
With a half in a few weeks, I was worried about not running, losing my training and going into the race, untrained or continuing to train and making my injury worse.
So I’ve rested my leg for the most part, asked my fellow runners for advice and I took the one that made the most sense (to me).
A coach recommended a chiro who specializes in ART. She said what I wanted to hear. “It will fix everything and you will be fine!!”
Read more about it here:
Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these ladies.
Happy Running! Anyone hear of ART or have used it successfully?