Active Release Technique

Tired of suffering from chronic pain? Dr. Brenda Kingen at Kingen Chiropractic Wellness Center in Saint Louis and Brentwood, MO, offers active release technique and other effective healing techniques.

Active Release Technique and Chiropractic Care

Your soft tissues go through a lot each day. Every move you make is supported by these tissues. Additionally, they work hard to help keep your spine and head upright. It’s not unusual for tension to build up. However, sometimes it builds up so much that traditional techniques can’t provide the relief you need. In this guide, Dr. Kingen and the team at Kingen Chiropractic Wellness Center of Saint Louis and Brentwood, MO, explain what happens when too much tension is present and how the active release technique or ART can help.

The Effects of Chronic Tension

If you work your muscles and don’t address any tension afterward, it begins to build up and eventually creates scar tissue. That tissue is tough and dense, leading it to easily create pressure on other soft tissues. For instance, it can lead to tendinitis. Additionally, it can lead to pinched or compressed nerves. In short, it can cause moderate to severe pain, muscle weakness, limited range of motion, numbness and tingling, and much more.

How ART Can Help

ART is a specially designed technique that is used to address issues in the soft tissues. The chiropractor performs a physical exam to locate troubled areas. They then apply force to that area while instructing the patient to move in very targeted ways. The combination of pressure and movement helps to dig in and break up scar tissue that is causing pain and suffering due to issues such as:

  • Ankle injuries
  • Hip injuries
  • Chronic back or neck pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Knee pain
  • Shoulder injuries, especially frozen shoulder
  • Myofascial pain
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Arthritis
  • Sports and auto accident injuries that haven’t healed properly and much more

ART is typically combined with other chiropractic techniques, such as adjustments and corrective exercises, to ensure optimal healing.

Learn more about active release technique and how it can benefit you by visiting Dr. Kingen at Kingen Chiropractic Wellness Center in Saint Louis and Brentwood, MO. Call (314) 646-0013 to schedule an appointment today.

It was first used by Dr. P Michael Leahy, a chiropractor, to treat soft tissue disorders in elite athletes and has since been used to treat millions of people. To learn more visit  

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