Fundamentals of Active Release Technique

What is ART?
ART stands for Active Release Technique, which is a soft-tissue movement based technique. The founder of ART, Dr. Leahy, began using the technique over 30 years ago. As Dr. Leahy worked with elite athletes, ART was born. He discovered that Active Release Technique was an effective way to treat soft tissue disorders in these athletes so they could return to peak performance as quickly as possible.

What can ART treat?
Everything! Active Release Technique is an effective way to treat various soft-tissue disorders affecting muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. ART treats everything from low back pain and headaches to carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. You don’t have to be an elite athlete to benefit from ART!

What are some common conditions treated by ART?

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Headaches
  • Tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • ITB Syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Nerve Entrapments
  • Low Back Pain and Sciatica
  • Tendonitis
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Postural Stresses
  • & more!

What do various types of soft-tissue disorders have in common?
They are often caused by overuse or repetitive use. How does this happen? Not necessarily in the way you may think.

How do overuse injuries occur?

  • Acute injury – think whiplash or a hamstring pull. This is typically something you would notice immediately following the injury.
  • Accumulation of microtrauma – this is very common. Something as small in movement as typing at a keyboard throughout the day can result in microtrauma. Microtrauma means very small tears in the soft-tissues. This injury is usually not something you would immediately feel after the activity.
  • Hypoxia – tissues not getting enough oxygen.

Each of these mechanisms results in scar tissue in the soft-tissues. Scar tissue leads to short, weak muscles and tight ligaments, which in turn can lead to decreased range of motion, pain, tendonitis, and/or nerve entrapments.

How can ART help me?
See for yourself! Every patient is unique, as is every ART treatment. ART providers are specially trained to evaluate the soft-tissues by examining muscle, ligament, tendon, and fascial integrity using his or her own hands. Abnormal tissues are treated by using the patented ART method of precisely directed tension on the tissues with specific patient movements.

2017-11-13T08:19:02-06:00 November 9th, 2017|Adults, Health, Wellness|