Active Release Techniques (ART) is a patented, state of the art treatment for injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves, collectively known as soft tissue. Problems such as headaches, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, sciatica, knee pain, and plantar fascitis are just a few examples of soft tissue injuries. Almost any soft tissue structure in the body can be treated with ART.
Scar tissue (adhesions) is often an underlying component to injuries, whether the injury is acute, chronic, traumatic, or overuse related. ART is highly effective for locating and eliminating scar tissue.
Each treatment session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The doctor uses her hands to evaluate the texture, tension, and movement of the soft tissue. Functional tests (i.e. lunge) or a provocative motion (e.g. yoga pose) may also be used to determine the most important structures to treat. Abnormal tissue is treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
Over 500 specific treatment protocols are unique to ART. The specificity of the protocols, the properly applied tension, and the precise patient movements set ART apart from other soft tissue treatments.