1.) Increases Flexibility
Reducing scar tissue around the muscles and joints increases flexibility. This includes very tight areas for adults like the legs and hamstrings.
In fact, in 2006 there was a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics on 20 physically active males. The study found that just one ART treatment increased hamstring flexibility.
2.) Reduces Chronic Lower Back Pain
In 2013 a study was conducted at the Korean Academy of Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Science on 12 patients with chronic lower back pain.
Each person received ART 2 times per week for 3 weeks.
At the end of the study, ART was proven to be effective at reducing pain in people with chronic lower back pain.
3.) Can Give Quick Pain Relief
Relief of symptoms can happen after just one session but the full benefits can take no more than 3 sessions.
4.) Relieves Chronic Neck Pain
According to the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, ART was effective at relieving chronic neck pain. The study was done on 24 patients who were admitted into hospital with chronic neck pain for 3 months or longer.
After treatment, ART reduced chronic neck pain proving to be an effective treatment for this condition.
5.) Relieves Lower Back Pain
Active Release Therapy for lower back pain has shown to be highly effective. Here’s how:
There is a muscle that runs from your spine to your hip called the psoas muscle. When you sit this muscle contracts to keep your spine aligned. However, it can become overworked through repetitive movements or from sitting too long which can lead to inflammation.
When a therapist performs active muscle release on the psoas muscle it’s known to release tension in the lower back, eliminating pain in many cases.
Check out this post from Foundation Chiropractic and Sports Therapy to learn more benefits of Active Release Therapy: