Muscle pain is something that everyone suffers from at some point during their life from the weekend warrior, office worker to the high-end athletes. Muscle pain is caused when fibrosis occurs due to trauma caused to the tissue. Trauma can be as little as holding a posture to long, slouching, or trauma from a sport. The fibrosis in the tissue prevents blood flow and thus proper oxygen supply to the tissue. As a result of this, the muscle is getting starved from nutrients and you get pain. A highly effective treatment for anyone suffering from pain, stiffness or muscle tightness, used by many chiropractors and physiotherapists in Calgary is called Active Release Technique. A.R.T.® is a soft tissue system that is used in the treatment of soft tissue injuries. Any injury whether it is an acute tear or a chronic injury can benefit from active release. Active release works by breaking up this scar tissue and fibrosis and restoring proper blood flow/oxygen to the tissue. When this occurs the pain dissipates and the normal biomechanics of the muscle and joint return too normal.
How it works? The practitioner manually applies tension and pressure into a muscle very similar to massage and then moves the body part through a motion to get the muscle into a stretched position. Most practitioners use it in combination with other manual therapies to provide effective treatment and increase prognosis of patient injuries.
If you suffer from any of the following ailments, ART may be the solution for you:
- Low Back or upper back pain
- Hip pain
- Neck pain
- Golfer’s elbow
- Shin splints
- Hand pain
- Shoulder pain
- Hamstring pain
- Plantar fasciitis/osis
- Knee pain/discomfort
- Wrist pain
- Tennis elbow
Post Workout Massage Benefits
Did you know that implementing sports massage after vigorous workouts can improve workout performance? Running, biking, swimming and lifting weights, can leave the body sore, a deep tissue massage gets deep into the muscles to help make them more pliable and alleviate pain. When our bodies get tight this can cause muscle restrictions and decrease our range of motion during our daily workouts. Sports massage works to loosen connective tissue, breaks up adhesions, increases blood flow and oxygen to the tissues, and provides a decrease to the stress caused to the tissues, which enviably helps improve the fluidity. Getting massage immediately after working out can reduce muscle soreness post workout. It does this by agitating tissues and forcing blood to repair any micro tears within the muscle fiber that your workout just destroyed.
Other benefits of massage include:
1. Reduction in Stress – Not only does sport or therapeutic massage help reduce stress from a hectic lifestyle, but it can also boost an individual’s energy levels to allow them to move back into a more active lifestyle.
2. Promotes Healing – Studies have shown that when a body is in a tensed state or under stress, it can produce unhealthy levels of a stress hormone known as cortisol. Cortisol is medically linked to rapid weight gain, digestive issues, sleeplessness, headaches, and other chronic conditions. Regular massage can decrease cortisol levels.
3. Reduction in Blood Pressure – it should come as little surprise that massage therapy can also assist in lowering blood pressure. Because your stress levels are reduced after a massage your body is in a position to promote healing and lower blood pressure.
Most insurance companies accept sports massage as a treatment modality to reduce stress, relieve tension, relax muscles, improve circulation, and so much more. Come see a health care practitioner for an assessment and inquire if this treatment therapy is right for you.