Manual Adhesion Release (MAR) is the premier form of soft-tissue treatment to remove adhesion/scar tissue. Adhesion is arguably the number one cause (next to degeneration/arthritis) for muscle and joint pain, unfortunately, the most underdiagnosed condition. Adhesion acts like glue among muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and even nerves. As a result, this reduces flexibility, strength, and stability to the body. Adhesion, along nerves, can cause numbness, aching, tension, tingling, and in some cases weakness. This is called nerve entrapment and can happen at an estimated 156 locations throughout the body. Some common conditions in this scenario include carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and tarsal tunnel syndrome to name a few. MAR is the quickest and most effective way of fixing nerve entrapment. Other common conditions that are treated are impingement of the shoulders and hips, medial shin splints, neck pain, lower back pain, headaches, knee pain (runner’s knee, ITB syndrome, jumper’s knee), and chronically tight hamstrings or quads and degenerated disc injuries.
Instrument Adhesion Release (IAR) is an instrument based form of manual treatment that is designed to effectively remove adhesion without damaging the overlying healthy tissue. Instrument Adhesion Release (IAR) is not generic soft tissue “mobilization” but rather a highly targeted instrument and training combination that improves diagnosis and allows for faster more effective treatment with less work. Common conditions in which IAR work more efficiently than MAR or ART are tendinitis of the Achilles and elbows (tendinopathy), forearm pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, anterior shin splints, and plantar fasciitis.