Muscular Release Therapies

Active Muscular Release Therapy

Active Muscular Release Therapy is a movement-based soft tissue technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.  It helps by breaking down soft tissue adhesions (scar tissue), which can lead to a reduced range of motion, loss of strength, numbness, tingling, and/or pain.  Scar tissue build up can be the result of recent injuries such as sprains, strains or bruises; or due to repetitive motion as in athletic training or in the workplace setting.  Most musculoskeletal conditions can be successfully treated with this type of muscular therapy.

Commonly treated conditions:

  • sports injuries
  • back and neck pain
  • headaches
  • whiplash
  • shin splints
  • plantar fasciitis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • knee problems
  • golf/tennis elbow
  • nerve entrapments/impingements

Instrument Assisted Muscle Release Technique

Using special plastic and metal tools to release the muscles is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that allows practitioners to effectively break down scar tissue and restrictions.  Using the tools or instruments, areas of scar tissue can be effectively detected and treated. To detect areas of fibrosis the instrument combs over and “catches” on the fibrotic tissue.  Once the problem tissue is identified, the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue.  Removing scar tissue will improve range of motion and decrease pain, which will allow the patient to function as they did prior to injury.

Commonly treated conditions with this therapy:

  • neck and back pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • tennis and golfers elbow
  • plantar fasciitis
  • shin splints
  • achillis tendinosis
  • shoulder and knee pain