Stretching is vital to helping your muscles remain flexible, strong, and healthy. Flexibility allows our joints to maintain a full range of motion, which, in turn, keeps our muscles from becoming shortened, tight, and tender to move. At Active Life Chiropractic, we offer Active Release Technique (ART) stretching, which utilizes both tissue manipulation and movement to improve muscle health.

ART promotes blood flow and faster healing of injuries by identifying, isolating, and targeting affected areas so we can effectively break up adhesions. Adhesions are dense bundles of scar tissue caused by injuries, either gradual or acute, to the muscles and connective tissue. When the scar tissue bonds to your other tissues, it can result in pain and stiffness in muscles and joints. Additionally, adhesions can even entrap nerves, leading to a host of potential problems, including soreness, numbness, and stiffness.

Signs you may have adhesions:

  • Stiffness in your neck, back, elbows, hands, or knees
  • Increased pain when exercising
  • Sharp pain near the bottom of your heel
  • Pain, numbness, and tingling in your fingers
  • Limited flexibility and range of motion
  • Diminished strength
  • Joint inflammation
  • Tingling, numbness, or weakness

Conditions we can help through ART include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Frozen shoulder and shoulder strains
  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Tension headaches
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Tennis elbow

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms or conditions listed above, we’d love to help you regain range of motion and live your life more comfortably. Please call our office at (925) 939-2224 today for an appointment!