Active-Release or Activation-Stretch Therapies

Active Release

This is a general term for a group of hands on therapies that involve using the patients active movement to help stretch a particular area. For a basic understanding of these types of therapies you can think of them as "micro stretching." Rather than stretch the whole body of a muscle they focus on the smaller "knots" to try and break up scar tissue and stretch the local area of tightness.