From my doctor's website ...
What is Active Release Techniques (ART)?
Active Release Techniques (or ART) is a patented technique for treating problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Unlike a massage, the A.R.T treatment is designed to restore normal tissue function and range of motion.
Scar tissue, or connective tissue adhesions, can accumulate as a result of over-used muscles, acute injury, or simply repetitive stress from everyday activities. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength and pain, and possibly feelings of tingling, numbness and weakness. ART works to remove the adhesions in order to restore normal texture, motion and function of the soft tissue, and to release any entrapped nerves or blood vessels.
What is an ART treatment like?
The ART provider uses his hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. The ART treatment protocols allow providers to provide individualized care by identifying and correcting the specific problems that are affecting each patient.
Can ART help me?
Many conditions can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. Many times patients are pleasantly surprised when they get fast and substantial improvement from ART, where treatments by other health care providers had not been effective. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be treated successfully with ART.
So now the runner truth version. I didn't just have a great desire to go to a chiropractor. Frankly, I know some people with chiro horror stories, and I've always been mortified of chiros. I'm also not really injury prone, so I never really saw the need for much. I don't stretch, I rarely foam roll, I only occassionally ice, and somehow manage to get through without major issue. I know, I know... I should be better about some of these things. I'm a bad example, what can I say?
Late March, I got an injury. Nothing big... a sprained foot. And yes, you can laugh - it was not from running. It was from trying to carry laundry to my bedroom and stepping on a sheet that was on the hardwood floor and slipping. I'm a clutz.