Active Release Techniques: (A.R.T.)


If you’re suffering various soft tissue pains a chiropractor can help. The right hands on treatment could not only resolve your pain right now, but it could also reduce the risk of recurrent pain in the future. We’ll take a closer look at how Active Release Technique works but if you have any further questions or want to try it in Cedar Rapids, IA, get in touch with Dr. Michael Zmoos and Dr. Ethan Zmoos at Zmoos Chiropractic. Besides Active Release Technique, they can use a variety of pain treatment methods to reduce if not resolve pain.

How Active Release Technique Works

When you suffer a soft tissue problem, the tissues themselves are often damaged. In many cases, scar tissue is building up and the muscles and other tissues may become more dense. This can cause pain, especially when you move or otherwise utilize the affected muscles. The good news is that hands-on treatment may often provide lasting pain relief.

With Activate Release Technique, a chiropractor can get to the root of your aches and pains. Using various hands-on methods, it’s possible to break up the scar tissue and stimulate your body’s natural healing mechanisms.

Ultimately, this treatment method is effective for working with muscles, tendons, nerves, and ligaments. Many chiropractors will combine Active Release Technique with other forms of chiropractic care, such as spinal adjustments, which are effective for working with your bony spine.

If you’d like to try the active release technique in Cedar Rapids, IA, come see Dr. Michael Zmoos and Dr. Ethanl Zmoos at Zmoos Chiropractic. They can utilize a variety of hands on treatment methods to reduce pain and increase mobility.

How Chiropractic Care is Different

It’s important to understand how chiropractic treatment in general is different from traditional pain management. Rather than relying on medications that simply block pain signals from reaching your brain, a chiropractor will work with you to resolve the underlying issues that are causing nerves to be triggered.

Pain medications, unfortunately, can lead to dependency and have side effects when used long-term. Over time, your body will start to resist many types of medication. As a result, many patients increase the dosage. Regardless, the pain will reoccur again and again. With Active Release Technique and other forms of chiropractic care, it may be possible to secure permanent pain relief.

Want to try Active Release Technique in Cedar Rapids? Come see Dr. Michael Zmoos and Dr. Ethan Zmoos at Zmoos Chiropractic. You can schedule an appointment by calling 319 395 9598.


Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  1. Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
  2. Accumulation of small tears (repetative micro-trauma)
  3. Not getting enough oxygen to muscle tissue (hypoxia)

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down 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, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness and weakness.


Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her 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.
These treatment protocols - over 500 specific moves - are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.

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