What is Active Release Techniques® (ART®)?

Active Release Techniques®, or ART® is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue, 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 Active Release Techniques. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

How Do Overuse Conditions Occur?

Overused muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  1. Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.)
  2. Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  3. Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)

Each of these 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 Active Release Techniques® Treatment Like?

Every Active Release Techniques® 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 applying precise tension, in combination with very specific patient movements

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

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