Had a very high level bodybuilder in the office today who had originally heard bodybuilding titans like Jay Cutler (4 time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler, not that poor guy the Chicago Bears send out each week to play quarterback) and Phil Heath (the current reigning Mr. Olympia and the face of body building for about 5 years at this point) both keep ART as a par of their tough training regimens. While searching for a youtube video where Jay Cutler talks about his Chiropractor and Massage Therapist who both do ART being his best friends during the peak of his career, I stumbled on to this article discussing low back pain after dead lifts and the patient being treated and returned to lifting fairly quickly with the application of Active Release Technique followed by chiropractic manipulation of the spine. Check out the article below on MuscleDevelopment.com if you are wondering just how effective Active Release and spinal manipulation can be in back pain, hip pain, and hamstring tightness!
Article: Kiss that back pain away
MuscleDevelopment.com Link: http://www.musculardevelopment.com/1018-column-archives/injuryrehab/1024-kiss-that-back-pain-away.html#.VnJLZBUrLIU
And now for the most important part, watch Dr. Jon Petrick of the Las Vegas Pain Relief Center perform some pretty heavy duty Active Release Technique on 4 time Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler. Please note that often times it does not hurt as bad at this video portrays and most individuals are not as tight as a full time, professional bodybuilders. Please also do not focus on the language used a few times by Mr. Cutler during his treatment.