What is Active Release Techniques (ART)?

Active Release Techniques (ART) were developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. It is a state-of-the-art soft tissue system/movement-based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. ART therapy is successfully used to quickly and permanently treat conditions like headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow, all of which are often the result of overused muscles.

The entire team at Performance Health & Wellness are ART Certified, at the highest level, and Dr. Christian Barney is a lead instructor on the board of education for ART.

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How do overuse conditions occur that require ART?

Overused muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  • acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, trauma, etc.),
  • accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area that binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, the tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. Trapped nerves can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped, you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

What is an ART treatment like?

Every ART session is a combination of examination and treatment. Your ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are then 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 Can Active Release Technique (ART) be used to Treat?

  • Headaches
  • back pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • shin splints
  • shoulder pain
  • sciatica
  • plantar fasciitis
  • knee problems
  • tennis elbow

These are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.

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