What is Active Release Technique (ART)?
Active Release Techniques™ (ART) is a non-invasive treatment for soft-tissue injury which uses active motion and tension to separate adhesions that limit range of motion and muscular contraction.
How is ART different?
Active Release Technique (ART) soft tissue management system is so different that it has been granted a medical patent. To become an ART provider, each professional must complete extensive hands-on instruction and written/practical testing unparalleled by other soft tissue programs. An ART provider is trained to palpate and treat more than 300 muscular and fascial injuries and over 100 nerve entrapments, which often cause numbness and tingling.
ART has also developed an advanced training program called ART Biomechanics Certification. These providers study the body in motion and address the sites which prevent optimum performance. This type of care is so effective that it is common to find Biomechanics Certified providers treating professional football, basketball, hockey, and Olympic Athletes.
What is causing the pain?
Soft tissue conditions often do not show up in radiographic studies. When soft tissue has been injured, or even chronically tight, it forms scar tissue. While necessary for healing, scar tissue may stick to adjacent structures restricting range of motion and may cause compression over nerves or blood vessels. This condition alters the texture of soft tissue, which an experienced ART provider can diagnose and treat.
What can be expected from treatment?
Active Release Techniques, as the implies, uses motion to fix the problem. Once the injury has been assessed, the provider uses hands on treatment and patient motion to “free up” the problem areas.
Treatment duration and frequency may vary depending on the severity and complexity of the injury. However, most patients experience rapid recovery.
Who can benefit from ART?
What we hear most is, “I have had this pain for a long time, and up until now, no one has been able to find the cause. You found the source of the problem right away.”
This is because no one is trained to palpate these specific conditions like an ART provider. Seeing an ART provider is like seeing a soft tissue and nerve specialist. Until now, no such specialist existed.
Since an ART provider is qualified to diagnose and treat over 400 structures, we see a broad range of injuries and conditions. ART is so successful for professional and amateur athletes, people injured in auto accidents or at work, and people who just work hard and hurt. Symptoms vary from aches and pains, to burning muscles, to numbness and tingling.