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Active Release Technique (ART) for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome

Active Release Technique (ART) can offer several potential benefits for carpal tunnel syndrome, making it a valuable non-surgical treatment option for some patients. Under Wade Folske’s leadership, Performance Care Stretch Clinic has expanded into a successful institution dedicated to providing Active Release Techniques, Active Isolated Stretching, Eccentric Strength Training, ARP Wave Stimulation, and various nutritional solutions for the betterment of patients’ health.

Treatment of a hand with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

How Active Release Technique works and some of its potential benefits:

How ART is used in treatment:

  • Assessment: The ART practitioner will first gather information about your medical history, including any previous injuries or surgeries, and your current symptoms. They'll then perform a physical examination of your wrist, hand, and arm, focusing on areas like tenderness, swelling, and range of motion. This will help them to identify tight or restricted tissues that might be contributing to nerve compression. They'll pay particular attention to areas like the carpal tunnel itself, the forearm muscles, and the tendons that move the fingers.

  • Treatment: They'll then apply targeted pressure and tension to these tissues using specific hand movements while you actively move your wrist and fingers in specific directions. This combination of pressure and movement aims to break up adhesions, scar tissue, and other restrictions that may be compressing the median nerve.

Potential benefits of ART for carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • Pain relief: Studies suggest that ART can effectively reduce pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, improving grip strength and overall hand function.

  • Improved range of motion: By addressing tissue restrictions, ART may help improve the range of motion in your wrist and fingers, making it easier to perform daily activities.

  • Reduced numbness and tingling: Breaking up adhesions around the median nerve can potentially alleviate the numbness and tingling sensations that are common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

  • Faster recovery: Compared to conservative treatments like splinting or anti-inflammatory medication, ART may offer faster symptom relief and functional improvement in some cases.

It's important to note that:

  • Only a handful of practitioners in the world are certified in this procedure.

  • The effectiveness of ART can vary depending on the severity of your carpal tunnel syndrome and individual factors.

  • ART should be performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner to minimize the risk of side effects or discomfort.

Contact Performance Care Stretch Clinic for a personalized plan to assess and treat your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Contact us


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