When assessing soft tissue injuries, whether that’s muscle, tendon, ligament or nerves, I’m
looking for what brings on your symptoms. It can include basic everyday movements like
bending forward to do your shoelaces, looking down at your phone or just sitting on the sofa.
Usually during an examination, I’ll ask the patient to move into the position that causes the
pain, which gives me a good idea of what type of injury has developed.
The majority of soft tissue problems I see are caused by over-used muscles that result in the
body producing tough, dense scar tissue that builds up. Eventually muscles become shorter,
tendons become inflamed and nerves can become irritated. I have found that Active Release Technique (ART®) is a fantastic tool for the management of these conditions.
ART® uses manual therapy to apply compressive, tensile and shear forces to address repetitive strain injuries, cumulative trauma injuries and constant pressure tension lesions.
Its design is 3 fold:
I treated a patient recently who had suffered shooting pain down their leg for the last 3 months. They
visited PhysioImpulse seeking assessment for a suspected disc bulge. After the initial
assessment it turned out to be chronic irritation of a muscle around their hip which I treated with a combination of
manipulation and ART®. This initial session alleviated the shooting leg pain and with a few more follow up
sessions the localised hip pain had resolved fully restoring the patient back to normal pain free activities.
If you have persistent pain feel free to give us a call and book in for your initial consultation to assess if ART® is the solution for you.
Physioimpulse Chartered Physiotherapists