Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
Acute conditions, such as pulls, tears, collisions, sudden injury (macro-trauma)
Accumulation of small tears, such as overuse conditions (micro-trauma)
Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up 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, loss of function and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
What is an ART® treatment like?
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. Your practitioner will use their 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.