Since my &#*@ psoas muscle is still annoying me, I have decided to look into some different treatments aside from the prescribed: “take Motrin 3 times a day” courtesy of my general practitioner. I have heard about active release technique (ART) before, but have never actually tried the therapy.
When I was pregnant with my youngest son, I had back pain that was alleviated by chiropractic care, so I am familiar with some of the manipulation techniques. Active release technique is composed of 500 different treatment moves.
Practitioners certified in ART have completed a program that teaches them how to “shorten the tissue, apply a contact tension and lengthen the tissue or make it slide relative to the adjacent tissue.”
Active release technique is supposed to be great for overuse injuries–a category into which I am sure that my recent hip flexor injury falls. The founder of ART, P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP, developed the technique after seeing many overuse injuries in his practice. He claims to have been able to resolve 90% of his patients’ issues with ART.
I have to say that seeing the 90% figure really piqued my interest. I am all about alternative medicine, and I am very curious to see if ART can help me. Since I am quite sure that my insurance will not cover the cost of active release therapy, I am going to call the provider that is listed in Providence (they have a searchable directory on www.activerelease.com) and see if they can tell me approximately how much I will have to pay out of pocket.
Hopefully, I don’t get sticker shock and it’s something I can try out. I’m sure my hip flexor will thank me!
Have you ever tried ART?