Active Release Therapy
Active Release Therapy is a massage technique that is used to treat muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and nerves. It was developed for athletes to release built-up scar tissue and help repair muscles that have been overworked. It is applied by pressing down on the muscle, ligament, tendon, fascia, or nerve that needs to be treated and then moving the limb back and forth to create friction.
Sciatica, piriformis syndrome, rotator cuff issues, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, tennis and golfer elbow, bursitis, frozen shoulder, and many more, are all conditions that respond well to Active Release Therapy.
I first learned this technique as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.