active release techniques

Active Release Technique (ART®) in Fairmount Heights, MD: Active release technique (ART®) is a soft tissue system and movement based massage technique. Fairmount Heights Chiropractor, Dr. Gelareh Naenifard provides ART® to her patients at Pain and Rehab Center because it addresses pain and problems that arise from overused muscles quickly and effectively

Dr. Gelareh Naenifard is a certified Active Release Techniques Provider and Instructor

Only a credentialed ART® provider can determine whether ART® might prove beneficial for a patient’s condition. It takes approximately two years of working with patients to become proficient in ART® once a provider has taken the appropriate courses and passed the required examinations. Dr. Gela and all other ART® providers must attend annual update seminars to maintain their credentialed status. This also allows them to keep up-to-date with any new research and protocols.

Active Release Technique at our Fairmount Heights Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center

Pain and tightness is usually the result of overused muscles in many patients. Overuse contributes to scar tissue formation, pulls, strains, tears and inflammation. ART® targets connective tissues, major muscle groups, ligaments and tendons. This natural treatment restores normal mobility between muscular tissue and nerves.

The patient performs active motion of a body part while the doctor applies a specific tension at the site of tissue dysfunction. The goal of this is to:

  • Restore the gliding mechanics between adjacent structures back to normal
  • Release entrapped nerves
  • Restore muscle elasticity and contractility back to normal

Common Conditions that Are Managed with Active Release Technique by Dr. Gelareh Naenifard

Conditions normally treated with ART® are common yet very diverse. Some of these conditions are the following:

  • Spinal pain and dysfunction
  • Inflammation of the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, foot, ankle, knee or hip
  • Sprains and strains from overuse
  • Pulls and tears
  • Soft tissue injury or inflammation
  • Sports injuries
  • Recurring sprains and strains of the muscles and ligaments
  • Sciatica
  • Tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Tennis or golfers elbow
  • Peripheral nerve entrapment

Active Release Technique Helps to Decrease Joint Stress and Muscle Tension

ART® incorporates similar techniques to deep tissue massage and myofascial release because it works by manipulating soft tissue. This soft tissue manipulation reduces stress placed on a patient’s joints and nerves. Every technique differs depending on the patient’s injury or pain. Many patients begin to feel relief after just a few ART® sessions with Dr. Gela as the inflammation and tension in the body begins to decrease.

The goal of ART® is to restore optimal soft tissue motion and function in addition to releasing any entrapped nerves or blood vessels. This is accomplished through the removal of adhesions or fibrosis in the soft tissues by applying certain protocols. Adhesions can occur as a result of acute injury, repetitive motion and constant pressure or tension. ART® eliminates the pain and dysfunction associated with these adhesions.