Month: January 2020

Active Release Technique (ART) is a non-invasive, hands-on therapy that treats soft-tissue injuries. Injuries/conditions of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and fascia (connective tissue throughout your body) including, but not limited to, repetitive stress injury, overuse injury, sprains/strains, muscle pulls, or joint dysfunction, are best treated using this technique.

Treatment begins by locating the injury/condition and the scar tissue adhesions with muscles or in-between them. An ART practitioner will determine the severity of the injury, determine the most effective approach and begin treatment to release tension and tightness of the tissue.

This is done by the ART practitioner using precise hand or thumb contact on the area that needs to be treated. The patient will be instructed to move in a specific way, or the practitioner may move an adjacent body part or their own hand in order for the muscle beneath to slide.

Changing the texture of the muscles/ tissues in this way– essentially molding “knotted” or hardened muscles back into a soft and flexible state– effectively releases tension and relieves associated pain. To get the most out of your treatment, be sure to get treatment as soon as the injury occurs as avoiding the issue will cause pressure and tension buildup.

Whether you deal with an acute injury, repetitive motion injury, or constant pressure or tension injury, the Active Release Technique can help you. Get the Active Release Technique injury treatment that you need to relieve your pain today at AIM Clinic. To book an appointment, contact us today at 905.492.8688.

As an athlete, it’s extremely important to take care of your body. If you deal with pain, injury, mobility issues, or other kinds of impairments, it can severely affect the way you play. Massage therapy is one of the best ways to manage your body’s physical needs in a cost-effective way. Here are the 3 best benefits of getting massage therapy treatment as an athlete.

Reduces Injury
Massage therapy keeps your body and your muscles in their prime condition. It is a form of preventative medicine that will provide heightened mobility, flexibility, and functionality. When your body is working in harmony in this way, you are less likely to be injured.

Helps More Than Just Your Muscles
Although massage therapy is extremely beneficial for the muscles, it also has psychological benefits. Research has concluded that massage therapy helps athletes to relax, reduces anxiety, enhances attentiveness, and improves your mood in general. In addition, massage therapy helps your overall health to:

  • Reduce heart rate
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce recovery time after injury
  • Increase blood flow throughout the body
  • Relieves pain and tension
  • Improve connective tissue
  • Stabilize cortisol level
  • Improve flexibility

Improves Performance

If you want to perform your best, you have to give your body– the vessel of performance– the best treatment. In order to keep up with your performance requirements as an athlete, you must ensure that your body’s needs are met. This includes a healthy diet, consistent and sufficient rest periods, exercise, training, but most importantly, caring for your body. By having regular massages, athletes can help improve their flexibility, relaxation, and sleep cycle and ensure that they are always in playing condition.

If you are a professional athlete, consider the benefits of massage therapy for reducing injury, helping your psychological and physiological state, and improving your performance. AIM Clinic offers expert massage therapy for athletes. Contact us today to book an appointment: 905.492.8688.