Mobilised Treatment to Sports Injuries: The Active Release Technique

Mobilised Treatment to Sports Injuries: The Active Release Technique

Sprain, strain, dislocation, fractures, etc., are some common terms when you are an athlete, a fitness trainer or someone having a workout session every day. They are some common types of sports injuries, including knee injuries and disorders, tennis elbow, Achilles tendinitis, etc.  While playing games, a sportsman suffers from many muscular injuries and sometimes it can be neuromuscular too.

Sports injuries are defined as the impacts on the body part that cause pain, numbness, and a tingling sensation. Some other symptoms may include swelling, bruising or even unable to move the body part.

Some common causes of these injuries can be poor training methods, poor training gears, weakness in muscles, tendons and ligaments, unsafe training environment, and structural abnormalities of one’s body. Our body structure is responsible for the weight shifting during exercises and if someone has some kind of abnormality, an injury can take pace easily. These body abnormalities can be:Image result for Mobilised Treatment to Sports Injuries: The Active Release Technique

  • Uneven lengths of legs
  • Flat feet or also known as ‘excessive pronation’
  • Different knock-knee alignment
  • Kneecap displaced to an angle toward knock-knees termed as ‘high Q angle’
  • Over high arches or ‘cavus foot’
  • A forward curve in the lower spine called ‘Lumbar lordoses’
  • Having a knee cap higher than usual termed as ‘patella alta’

Basic Treatment to Sports Injuries

Sports injuries target those parts of our body which help us stay in motion and do our daily tasks. So, treatment of these injuries is a necessity in order to live without stopping.

Warm-up and stretching play an important role before the start of any sports activity because they focus on main muscle groups that are used during these activities. Resting and taking a break when one feels pain or numb sensation is one of the best methods to avoid the injury to go severe.

PRICE, DRABAC, TOTAPS, RICER, and SALTAPS are some sets of steps that are followed when injuries take place. For example, RICER has basic steps such as:

  1. Rest helps in stopping the injury to go severe
  2. Ice helps in reducing the pain and inflammation in blood vessels
  3. Compression and elevation help in reducing the swelling around the injured areas
  4. Referral means referring the injured person for a proper treatment in case of injuries like fractures and dislocation

Active Release Technique

‘Rest’ is one of the basic steps when you are talking about treating a sports injury. In case your muscles are overused, you can have serious and permanent problems like neck pain, back pain, weaker muscles, knee pain, joint pains, etc. This reuse hurts the soft tissues and hence making it impossible for muscles to recover. Active release technique helps in resolving this injury effectively and permanently.

Active release technique is a part of alternative medicine which is used to mobilise the tissues around the muscles and heal the injuries with the touch of the hand. Massaging and pressing the affected areas softly helps in mobilising the soft tissues of the affected areas and helps them get some rest.

Areas, such as elbow, knees, and shoulders have a lot of muscles in them, so it is a difficult task to point out which muscle is causing pain. Active release technique helps in imparting rest to almost every muscle of these areas and hence treating the injury without any difficulty.

Resting your tissues during the initial phase of an injury is the best way to treat it effectively. Active release technique helps in treating sports injury by mobilising the soft tissue and letting them rest. It is helpful in treating problems in areas with lots of muscles like knee pain, back pain, tennis elbow, recurring muscles pull, etc.

Author Box: Scott Forbes takes on the popular treatment that adopts massage techniques to relieve pain. More than the basic treatments, he explains how active release technique makes effective utilisation of simple massage methods to heal pain originating from sports injuries.

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