Active Release Techniques or A.R.T. is a type of massage performed on runners and other athletes to improve tissue qualityand prevent injuries.  Today, I have a very special guest post from Dr. Carla Cupido – she’s an amazing therapist here in Vancouver, BC.  She is a Chiropractor who is certified to perform A.R.T. and Graston and is really good at what she does.  I see her regularly to fix my ailments so I can keep training hard and injury free.  I don’t recommend too many people, but I would definitely recommend Dr. Cupido to all runners, athletes and people from the general population.

Let’s get to the good stuff!  Dr. Cupido discusses why A.R.T. is important for making you a stronger runner.

Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) ® for Runners

 
Most runners have now heard of Active Release Technique® or A.R.T.® as an effective treatment option for nagging injuries or for helping to achieve optimal performance.  Although it is not the most comfortable treatment in the world, it has certainly been proven successful for running injuries such as:

  • Muscle Strains (Acute or Chronic)
  • Iliotibial Band (ITB) Irritation / Syndrome
  • Anterior / Posterior Tibial Stress Syndrome (shin splints)
  • Tendinopathies:
  • Runner’s Knee / Patellar Tendinopathy
  • Achilles Tendinosis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Snapping Hip Syndromes
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction
  • Lumbar Spine Facet Irritation
  • Chronic Muscle Hypertonicity (Tightness)
  • Post-Ankle Sprain Muscle Dysfunction
  • Nerve Entrapments

Active Release Technique® is utilized with the understanding that muscular tissues situated at oblique angles to one another are prone to reactive changes that produce scar tissue, local swelling and resultant pain and tenderness.  During A.R.T.®, the clinician applies deep tension at the area of tenderness and the patient actively moves the tissue through the adhesion site from a shortened to a lengthened position.  This helps to break up the scar tissue and return the muscle to a healthy state, enabling improved performance and decreased pain.

Of course, determining and managing the cause of the injury or muscle tightness is imperative to ensure it does not return. Therefore, orthopedic, muscle, and functional testing should be performed to develop an optimal plan of management that will include not only passive care provided by the practitioner, but of course active rehabilitation performed by the patient.

Remaining healthy in the sport of running is a team effort.  Due to the demands running places on your body, tissue maintenance and preventative functional testing is a good way to remain healthy and strong.  Individual rehab and “prehab” programs remain an integral component to every successful runner’s plan!

As Jon Kawamoto says, RUN STRONG!

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Dr. Carla Cupido, Hon. B. Kin, D.C.
Certified in A.R.T. ®, Graston® Technique, Kineio® Tape & Functional Movement Systems™
www.drcarlacupido.com

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I started training at JKC in 2016 because I had built up a number of muscle imbalances from old injuries and activities like rock climbing which had led to some really bad posture and mobility issues. On top of that some friends had convinced me to sign up for a half-ironman. Working with Jon and Thomas was a way to pull my body back into alignment and make sure it wouldn’t fall apart during my race. The staff at JKC pride themselves on continuously advancing their knowledge, which leads to new and inventive way to address problems, old and new. I got my Dad to start training here and recommended JKC to all looking to improve their strength and fitness.

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I had signed up for other gyms in the past and never went or rarely went. Something always got in the way or I was just too tired and lacked motivation to go. This way I’ve made a commitment to Jon or Thomas and I try very hard to keep my sessions once I’ve booked in. JKC is different from other gyms that I’ve tried in the past because no one is there to be “seen”. We are all there to get a good workout in and go on with our lives. And it’s a small gym so you get to know everyone and it’s like a big family. When I joined JKC, I couldn’t do a chin up with an elastic band, but I’ve slowly worked up to 10 free hanging chin ups. That was big because I hate chin ups.

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