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:
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 tendinitis, 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.
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.
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.
What is Active Release Techniques (ART) to Individuals,
Athletes, and Patients?
What is an ART Treatment Like?
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Severity or complexity of the injury helps the provider determine the frequency and duration of the treatment. One session could last between 8-15 minutes.
Post treatment (especially after the first) the patient is informed that he/she will be sore (workout kind of sore), because their muscles have never been worked like that before. It is suggested that patients take a warm shower, or put on a heating pad is they are extremely sore. This helps to keep the muscles loose. It’s also recommended that the patients drink plenty of water for that day, to keep the muscles hydrated. On average, most patients see relief within 4-6 visits.
Who’s a candidate for ART?
Anyone who is experiencing any kind of decrease in range of motion, aches, pains, discomforts, knee pain/discomfort, neck or back pain/discomfort, shoulder pain/discomfort, foot pain (Plantar Fasciitis), elbow pain (tennis/golfer’s elbow), wrist pain (carpal tunnel), ankle pain/discomfort, and hundreds of other soft tissue conditions are all reasons to seek an evaluation from an ART Provider.
What is the history of Active Release Techniques?
ART has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients' symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients' problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART.