Active Release Technique
What is Active Release Techniques (ART)?
Active Release Techniques (or ART) is a patented technique for treating problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. ART has been developed by Dr. P. Michael Leahy, a chiropractor in Colorado. Dr. Leahy discovered he could actually feel his patients’ soft tissue injuries with his hands and could effectively treat them with this technique. Unlike a massage, the A.R.T treatment is designed to restore normal tissue function and range of motion.
Scar tissue, or connective tissue adhesions, can accumulate as a result of over-used muscles, acute injury, or simply repetitive stress from everyday activities. 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, and possibly feelings of tingling, numbness and weakness. ART works to remove the adhesions in order to restore normal texture, motion and function of the soft tissue, and to release any entrapped nerves or blood vessels.
What is an ART treatment like?
The ART provider uses his 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. The ART treatment protocols allow providers to provide individualized care by identifying and correcting the specific problems that are affecting each patient.
Can ART help me?
Many conditions can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. Many times patients are pleasantly surprised when they get fast and substantial improvement from ART, where treatments by other health care providers had not been effective. 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 treated successfully with ART.
Why is ART used by so many athletes?
Many top professional and other serious athletes and sports teams are using ART for healing and improved performance, with excellent results. The repetitive, specific movements involved in sports often create the exact type of conditions that Active Release Techniques can treat so effectively. By “unsticking” muscles and releasing scar tissue, ART can restore vascular and lymph circulation and increase range of motion, flexibility and strength. Many find that ART achieves recovery or results where other treatments or therapies have failed, or gets them back to training or competition faster than other methods. Also, athletes often experience personal best times or results, or other peak performance, after receiving ART treatment. As a result, Active Release Techniques has become the treatment of choice for many world-class athletes.