ART – Active Release Technique

ART is a medically patented, non-invasive, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based technique. ART treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fascitis, 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.

ART is used both for the treatment of Repetitive Stress Injuries, as well as for the improvement of athletic performance. ART is successful for professional and amateur athletes, people injured in auto accidents or at work, and people who just work hard and hurt.

How ART Works:

During the ART treatment, practitioners often formulate their diagnosis and perform the treatment at the same time. Practitioners must consider tissue texture, tissue tension, tissue movement, and tissue function. Each of these factors can cause the ART practitioner to greatly alter their treatment.

Once the ART practitioner has identified the specific entrapment site and has the lesion (scar tissue/adhesion) under specific contact with his/her hand, the practitioner takes the tissue from a shortened to a fully elongated position, while moving longitudinally along the soft tissue fibers. Both the doctor and the patient can feel the adhesions break apart. Almost immediately, the patient will feel a release. They will also feel a corresponding increase in function with all their physical activities.

ART is not massage. Deep tissue massage, rolfing, and other techniques all use a kneading motion of deep pressure to “smash” the adhesion. ART uses lighter pressure and more friction to “shear” the adhesion. Trying to crush an adhesion can lead to damaging the healthy muscle tissue. ART uses more tension and friction to break up adhesions in the injured areas of the muscle.

The goal of ART is to:

· restore optimal tissue texture, tension, and movement.

· restore the strength, flexibility, relative translation, and function of the soft-tissue.

· release any soft-tissue restriction, entrapped nerves, restricted circulatory structures, or  lymphatic  restrictions.

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