Often the result of overuse, these conditions can be treated through movement-based soft tissue therapy targeted at the muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. The technique was pioneered by Dr. Michael Leahy in the 1980s, and many doctors and patients since have found ART® to provide a rapid route to healing and be a contributor to long-term physical health and performance.
Overuse of soft tissue can lead to a number of problems, the foremost of which are acute conditions such as muscle tears or pulls. It can occur from accumulated damage through recurring micro-tears to the soft tissue, or from the simple lack of adequate oxygen for optimum muscle health and performance. As the body copes with this trauma, it creates localized scar tissue that binds tissue and often puts pressure on tendons and nerves, resulting in symptoms such as a limited range of motion, pain, numbness or weakness.
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