Active Release Techniques® (A.R.T.)

A.R.T. 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:

  1. Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.),
  2. accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma), and
  3. 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 ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of 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 providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.

Whenever possible, patients perform active movements during the treatment process. Active motions stimulate neurological pathways in the spinal cord that help to reduce pain during treatment. Motion also helps to reproduce the stresses the patient will actually be under during normal active motion

Treatments can feel uncomfortable during the movement phases as the scar tissue or adhesions “break-up”.  This discomfort is temporary and subsides almost immediately after treatment.  It is common to feel a duplication of your pain symptoms during the treatment (which is a good indication that the problem has been identified).  Patients generally report that the treatment “Hurts good”.

What conditions can ART treat?

  • Arthritis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Back Pain/injuries
  • Bicepital Tendonitis
  • Bunions
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Compartment syndrome (Chronic)
  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Duputren’s Contracture
  • Foot Pain/injury
  • Frozen Shoulder/ Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Gait imbalances
  • Golfers/Tennis Elbow (tendonitis)
  • Hammer Toes
  • Hand Injuries
  • Headaches
  • Hip Pain
  • Iliotibial band syndrome (ITB)
  • Impingement syndromes
  • Joint dysfunction
  • Knee meniscus injuries
  • Knee pain
  • Leg Injuries
  • Muscle pulls or strains
  • Muscle weakness
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Entrapment Syndromes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome/dysfunction
  • Rib Pain
  • Running Injuries
  • Scar Tissue Formation
  • Sciatica
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Swimmers Shoulder
  • Tendinitis
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Throwing Injuries
  • TMJ (Jaw)
  • Weight Lifting Injuries
  • Wrist Injuries
  • Whiplash (Hyperextension/hyperflexion injury)
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