Active Release Technique is a patented soft tissue movement based massage system, which is applied to remove scar tissue and adhesions from and between layers of muscles, ligament, tendon, fascia, and nerve tissue. This sort of treatment applies to many different problems including: repetitive use injuries, sports related injuries, nerve entrapments, shoulder pain, low back pain, headaches and many other common issues. It is considered the gold standard of soft tissue treatment.
Trigger point therapy is an important therapy used by a massage therapist. A trigger point is defined as a knot or nodule within a muscle which causes predictable referred pain to other parts of the body; especially when pressure is applied. In other words, it is a knot within a muscle that causes pain. More times than not, other than a muscle strain, muscle soreness and pain is caused by trigger points. This occurs when muscles are over used or injured. By treating the trigger point within a muscle, pain is diminished and better muscular performance is achieved.
Stretching is a great tool for massage therapists and can be applied in order to increase muscle length and increase joint range of motion. Static stretching is the most common form of stretching and is applied in a stationary manner in order to lengthen the tissue. There are, however, other types of stretching which can be applied depending on the situation. These types include: