How Does ART Work?

When soft tissue has been injured, or even chronically tight, it forms scar tissue. While necessary for healing, scar tissue is not put down in a parallel direction. Instead, it forms in a random direction often going cross-grain, sticking to adjacent structures such as other muscles or even nerves. This leads to a restricted range of motion, compression of nerves, and increased forces on the injured tissues. Pain and inflammation are the end result.

Once the problem has been diagnosed, the provider uses hands on treatment and patient motion to “free up” restrictions and re-align scar tissue. Then, specific stretches and exercises will be prescribed for the patient to perform at home. Treatment duration and frequency may vary depending on the severity and complexity of the injury; however, most patients experience rapid recovery.