Active Release Techniques

What is Active Release Techniques (ART) to Individuals, Athletes, and Patients?

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

How do overuse conditions occur?

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  • acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
  • accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

What is an ART treatment like?

Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

Used to treat:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Neck and Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash
  • Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
  • Sports Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff injuries
  • Knee and Hip Pain
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Numbness and Tingling
  • Foot and Ankle Pain
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Sprains and Strains
Is the treatment painful?

The first couple of treatments can be somewhat uncomfortable, depending on the severity of the condition. During treatment, symptoms may be reproduced. Most people describe the sensation during treatment as a “good hurt”.

How long do treatments take?

Initial consultation, history, and examination will usually require 30-45 minutes. Subsequent treatments take 10-15 minutes.

How soon can I expect results?

In most cases, patients will report relief after only a few treatments. This may include increased range of motion, increased muscle strength, decreased pain, and decreased numbness and tingling.

What is the difference between ART and massage therapy?

ART and massage therapy are both beneficial treatments, however, they are different procedures that produce different results. ART is very specific and it is used to treat scar tissue and adhesion which are not usually addressed by massage therapy.

Will my problem stay fixed?

If the patient follows the prescribed exercises and stretches, the recurrence rate is very low.

These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.