Your body's ability to move freely and relatively pain free depends in large part on how well your muscles and joints function. Over time we tend to accumulate minor or outright injuries; even sitting at a desk for a long time is found to be a common cause of overuse related micro-trauma. When this happens inflammation sets in and the body reacts by trying to shore up the area with a little bit of tough scar tissue. The muscles become then become weaker, less flexible, and nerves can become trapped.
And while the nerve itself can be painful, what most people don't know is that the covering of the muscle, called the fascia, can be a major source of pain too. This thin sheath of connective tissue, which surrounds and separates muscles, is actually one of the most pain sensitive structures in the body, right up there with nerve tissue. Much of the time the chronic pain that patients experience is coming from the fascia itself. And since these soft tissue injuries don't show up on x-rays it can make diagnosis difficult. Being able to feel the quality of the tissue helps to find the cause.
State of the Art Treatment
The gold standard of treatment for soft tissue injuries has been proven to be Active Release Techniques. Its the treatment of choice for leading athletes, thousands of therapy clinics worldwide, and used in-house by hundreds of corporations to treat repetitive strain injuries. These are just some of the conditions that respond best to the application of A.R.T. protocols:
Back & Neck Pain
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Tennis & Golfer’s Elbow
Chronic Hamstring Problems