Active Release Technique
Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented, non-invasive, soft-tissue treatment process that both locates and breaks down the scar tissue and fibrotic adhesions, which cause pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion, numbness, and physical dysfunction associated with Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI). ART is used both for the treatment of RSI’s, as well as the improvement of athletic performance. Conditions such as TFL or IT Band Syndrome, hamstring or groin pulls, calf tightness, piriformis syndrome, glute tightness, plantar fascitis, shin splints, shoulder or back pain usually resolve in a short period of time. ART has become one of the most sought after sports injury techniques in professional and amateur sports due to its high degree of effectiveness.
Why is ART different?
ART is a highly successful approach to injuries of muscles, tendons, nerves, and the surrounding soft-tissues. ART is not massage, physical therapy, or chiropractic care. While those procedures relieve muscle and motion dysfunction, they do not necessarily address the underlying problems caused by scar tissue formation.
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. 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. These treatment protocols, over 500 specific moves, are unique to ART. They allow the provider to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. The three most common mechanisms of injury are:
1. Acute trauma
2. Constant pressure/tension
3. Repetitive motion