SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Headaches, back pain and shoulder pain are often the result of overused muscles.
Rather than turning to surgery, some are finding relief using Active Release Technique, also known as ART.
Amber Rivera has only had two Active Release Technique sessions, but she said she can already feel a difference in her shoulder.
"It was annoying and I wanted the pain to go away. Now I can play and enjoy it," said Rivera.
Rivera plays softball for Richmond Hill High School, and the hours spent on the field started to wear on her.
"So every time I threw, I would get a lot of shoulder pain," said Rivera. "When you play sports you have to suffer through the pain. Well, I am able to throw without pain. I don't know what he did but it helped a lot."
"ART, is a patented soft-tissue treatment based on movement and massage techniques that improves muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, facia that gets restricted from scar tissue caused by overuse of those muscles," said Todd Norris.
Norris is a massage therapist who specializes in ART. He admits it's not relaxing, but is effective.
"The muscles I am working, the scar tissue is attached to it," said Norris. "I shorten and lengthen the muscle while applying directional tension that will break up the adhesion scar tissue that prevents the muscles from sliding independently.
"It was painful," said Rivera. "It was a good pain. It was a pain that I could tell it was working."
Though professional athletes use the technique, people who sit at a desk and suffer from neck, back and shoulder pain can also benefit.
"I treat from 10-year-old gymnasts to iron athletes," said Norris.
"I could tell when he was working on me it was going to be a positive change," said Rivera.
By observing how muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Norris is able to consistently resolve more than 90 percent of his patients' problems.
Todd Norris practices in the same office as Titus Family Chiropractic and Sports Therapy and can be reached at 912.355.3170, or go to their website.