Improve Your Athletic Performance with A.R.T.

What is Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.) to CrossFit athletes?
A.R.T is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based on manual technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Sore muscles, back pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis and knee pain are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with A.R.T. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

Over-used muscles change in three important ways:
1. acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions)

2. accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)

3. 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 and numbness.

What is an A.R.T. treatment like?
Every A.R.T. session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The A.R.T provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.Active-Release-shoulder

These treatment protocols (over 500 specific moves) are unique to A.R.T. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. The specialists at the Spine and Sports Injury Center (located inside of Reebok CrossFit Back Bay) are certified in the practice of A.R.T. and treat many CrossFit athletes.

Dr. Richard Green is the founder of the Sports and Spine Injury Center. For more information log on to http://www.spineandsports.org/info/active-release/.