Active Release Technique®

Active Release Technique® (ART®)

ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART®. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

How do overuse conditions occur?

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  • acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, 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. 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.

What is an ART® treatment like?

Every ART® session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The doctor uses her or his hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of your 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 doctor to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting you. ART® is not a cookie-cutter approach.

Our ART® Certifications:

  • Upper Extremity – this addresses issues between the shoulder and hand such as rotator cuff syndrome, carpal tunnel, and tennis elbow.
  • Lower Extremity – this addresses issues between the hip and foot such as plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee and hip pain.
  • Spine – this addresses issues between the head and buttocks.
  • Nerve Entrapment – this addresses numbness, tingling, or shooting pain in any area.
  • Complex Protocols – this addresses issues in and between two or more anatomical structures at a time.
  • Master’s ART® – providers have taken extra training in fine tuning diagnostic skills as well as maximizing comfort level during treatment.
  • Ironman® Provider – providers are race tested so they know the concerns of athletes and they know how to keep you training at your best.
  • Elite Provider Network – providers who are part of this network work on-site with corporations to address employees’ repetitive strain and strain/sprain injuries and minimize OSHA recordable incidents. They take the annual hands-on Elite Provider test to ensure they’re qualified to deliver the highest level of ART® care.

Elite Provider Office

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