Active release technique, also known simply as ART, is a patented soft tissue technique. As its name suggests, it is a movement-based style of massage focused on the soft tissue systems of the body, and it is used to treat issues with muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia and nerves.
What Conditions Can Be Treated with Active Release?
This modality is used to resolve a number of conditions, including:
What Will I Experience During an ART Treatment Session?
First, your ART treatment provider will conduct an examination of the muscles / tendons / fascia / ligaments / nerves, noting their tightness and texture, as well as their movement. If any abnormalities are noted, the treatment provider will apply a specific combination of tension and movement to the affected area(s).
There are more than 500 specific movements—called treatment protocols—that are unique to ART. With such a wide range of protocols to select from, your provider’s treatment plan will also be unique to you.
How Did I Injure My Muscles or Tendons to Begin With?
Most of the problems we correct via ART are because of overused muscles / soft tissues that have pulls or tears (acute conditions), an accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma) or not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).
When these damages occur, your body responds by creating tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. Scar tissue adversely impacts other tissues, restricting their movement and causing them to weaken. Nerves can become trapped, and tendonitis can occur. You may notice tingling, numbness, weakness, a reduced range of motion and pain—if you have any / all of these symptoms, we encourage you to call us right away for an appointment.