These techniques work with the soft tissue also to free up muscle, ligament, tendon and fascia adhesions and scar tissue that has built up secondary to repetitive over-use injuries, traumas, and deconditioning. This scaring and adhesions prevent normal muscular and joint activity and increase pain and dysfunction. The idea is to find out which and how these tissues are causing the dysfunction and correct them utilizing these techniques. The most well known of these type of techniques is Active Release Technique ™. It is utilized by many sports athletes and others to speed up functional improvement and stability of an injured area.