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Active Release Techniques

About Active Release Techniques

The Active Release Techniques (also known as ART) is performed by licensed medical professioanls who have completed the post-graduate training courses and passed rigorous written and practical examinations. ART is a state- of-the-art soft tissue management system, and is one of the only medical techniques in North America with a federal process patent and a highly succesful approach to injuries of muscles, tendons, fascia, nerves, and surrounding soft tissues.

Conditions Treated By ART:

Examples of these conditions-collectively called cumulative trauma disorders (CTD), also known as overuse syndrome, or repetitive stress injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, rotator cuff syndrome, sciatica, chronic lower-back pain, and hyper-extension/-flexion injury (whiplash), hamstring strains, knee pain, ankle sprains, plantar fascitis, post-operative scar tissue 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 often result from injury to over-use muscles.

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

1) acute injuries (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),

2) accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma),

3) not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue (fibrosis/ adhesions) in the affected area(s). This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissue 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.


Federal statistics show CTD increasing by 670 percent in the last five years...And past therapies-massage, heat, cold, electrical stimulation, rest, and exercise-have all failed.

How Does ART Work:

The Active Release Techniques Soft-Tissue Management System provides a way to diagnose and treat the underlying etiology of CTD that causes symptoms of numbness, tingeling, burning, and aching. Trained providers are able to diagnose the presence of abnormal inflammation and adhesion by examining tissue texture, tension, 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 of them- are unique to ART. The ART Soft-Tissue Management System has a success rate that surpasses 90 percent.

Who Performs ART:

Physicians, chiropractors, osteopaths, physical and occupational therapists are using ART treatment protocals successfully. Workers compensation organizations, health insurance providers, professional and amateur athletics programs, and world-class athletes recognize the ART system as the best choice for treating and managing soft- tissue injuries.