After understanding how adhesion forms and what it can lead to, we can now focus on how to treat and reduce adhesion. Adhesions are diagnosed and treated by a skilled certified provider. Adhesions can’t be broken down by foam rolling or massage. There are two main methods of achieving this goal:
1. Manually (Dr. uses hands)-MAR (Manual Adhesion Release) and ART (Active Release Techniques)
2. Instruments—The newest instrument on the market today is the Instrument Adhesion Release (IAR).
The key to breaking down adhesion in a muscle is finding it. This may seem very obvious but adhesion is very common and finding the relevant adhesion takes years of training. Once the proper diagnosis is made, treatment can begin. MAR and ART take advantage of the different attachment points of muscles to achieve maximum tension on the adhesion. These techniques are non-invasive and done exclusively through a skilled doctor’s hands. Once the adhesions are broken down over a series of visits, the muscles can function normally again. They can lengthen and contract with the appropriate force to allow for normal joint motion resulting in less pain for you.
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