What is Active Release Technique?

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue technique that simultaneously evaluates and treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. These problems, often referred to as over-use injuries, can occur in three important ways:

  • Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
  • Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma
  • Lack of oxygen (hypoxia).

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 tendonitis, 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.

A few common conditions treated with ART include:

    • Back pain
    • Headaches
    • Carpal Tunnel syndrome
    • Tennis elbow
    • Plantar Fascitis
    • Shin Splints
    • Rotator cuff
    • Shoulder injury
    • Knee problems

What to Expect

Functional, hands-on assessment

Often times we find that even though “it hurts right here,” it’s only a symptom, not the cause. A Functional assessment takes a look at the entire body through a set of movement screens and in depth interviewing regarding the client’s daily lifestyle. Once the client has been assessed, we will use ART to further evaluate and treat the issue.

What to Wear?

If we will be working on the lower extremities, workout shorts are preferred. If we will be working on the upper extremities, please bring a tank top.

Therapy Plan

ART is extremely effective, and most everyone will see improvement after only one treatment. However, ART is a form of “therapy,” therefore subsequent sessions, prescribed exercises, and daily lifestyle modifications may be necessary for a permanent fix.