Active Therapy is a very specialized form of manual therapy. A therapist trained in Active Therapy is educated in the physiology of the nervous system and its effect on the muscular and skeletal systems. The Active Therapist also is educated in kinesiology and biomechanics and how to work in a clinical or medical environment.
By definition, Active Therapy is the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system. In a healthy individual, nerves transmit impulses (which are responsible for every movement, function and thought) to the body very slowly. Injury, trauma, postural distortion or stress cause nerves to speed up their transmission, inhibiting equilibrium and making the body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction. It is therefore necessary to stabilize low levels of neurological activity to maintain normal function and overall health.