I’ve written on here about the injuries we all inevitably face as lifters. Mainly that of soft tissue injuries such as tendonitis and my own reoccurring issue with it in my elbow, which has set me back from my goals. Tendonitis can become chronic, especially if we continue to do what caused the issue. All my Dr’s ( in 2 countries) ever told me was to rest, ice it during flare ups and use anti-inflammatories. This never corrected the issue.
Recently I learned of A.R.T. (Acrive Release Therapy) to effectively treat and heal muscle, ligament, tendon & nerve injuries. A.R.T. uses movement and manipulation to break apart scar tissue and promote healthy tissue recovery.
Desperate to end my pain and move forward in my training, I paid out of pocket for a a few therapy sessions. I am happy to announce, I am pain free and have been training 6 weeks consecutively with no issues and my strength and size have gone up. Which is why I’m sharing this beneficial therapy.
First, find someone who is highly accredited & those who are certified in A.R.T. therapy. Chiropractors & sports medicine doctor’s are among the higher tier of those who offer this service, also a sports medicine. Dr. can offer other treatments and further identify any attributing issues. Of course find a sports medicine dr. who promotes healing without surgery, as those are always the two types of dr.s.
What does the therapy entail? It can have all, a few or one of these components, pending your injury.
- Deep tissue massage - Neurokinetic movement
- Needling - Rolphing - Radiation therapy
With my tendonitis, my sports medicine Dr. informed me that I had scar tissue build up, which put pressure on my nerves and put the muscle contractions out of place. Anti-inflammatories, rest and ice he explained are only a temporary solution for minor instances or even a crutch for chronic and do not correct the problem, only relieve it.
A physical therapy assistant, used an ultrasound for radiation therapy, to break apart scar tissue and promote healing.
Then the Dr. performed a very painful deep tissue massage and stretched my arm every which way for extended periods, while manipulating my joint.
I was told to rest for the day, and continue to stretch as shown. He also told me to continue to lift, just not as heavy until after a few sessions to ensure healing.
After 3 sessions, I took a week off lifting and returned. My elbow no longer hurt during pressing movements and my strength on bench went up dramatically. I have been pain free since.
Ironically I had this same treatment in 2013 on my calves. For my job I had to run alot and be on my feet, which caused crippling pain. It wasn’t compartment syndrome nor shin splits, as it was on the sides of my calves by my ankles and knee.
I was told my calves were tight as beef jerky and restricted blood flow and put pressure on my nerves, which explains why I had to take prescription pain killers just to walk. After a few similar treatments, I was able to run miles with zero pain.
In closing, if you suffer from bursitis, tendonitis or any other soft tissue pain, I highly recommend looking into this therapy, preferably again with a sports medicine doctor or a highly accredited chiropractor who is certified in this or similar techniques.