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. The technique is founded by Dr. P. Michael Leahy. Micro-trauma, pulls, strains, sprains, collisions and hypoxia are a few ways our body (soft tissue) can be injured. Soft tissue that is affected will result in production of tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down its free movement. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker subsequently resulting in shortening of tendons and entrapement of nerves in the surroudning area. 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. Headaches, back pain, neck 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.

What can a client expect during assessment and treatment?

ART is a manual technique, where the ART provider uses 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. There are over 500 specific treatment protocols where are unique to ART allowing providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. A combination of examination and treatment is provided on each session.