Healing through ART (Active Release Technique)


What is ART?

Dr. P. Michael Leahy started Active Release Techniques (ART) over 30 years ago. ART has shown a success rate of over 90% and is one of the hottest and in demand soft tissue treatments to date. However, despite its effectiveness, there are still many people that are still not aware of what it is or what it does.

ART is a patented and cutting edge therapeutic massage technique that works with the soft tissue system and involves movement based massage work. It was originally used to treat athletes experiencing soft tissue damage but it’s uses have the potential to be utilized for various other injuries. Work related injuries have also shown improvement under the treatment of ART. ¬†It is used to provide relief for a variety of pains and discomforts, but is still used predominantly for treating sports related injuries.

ART works by breaking up adhesions (scar tissue) in the muscle tendon or ligament.

Well what causes scar tissue to develop anyway? Scar tissue can be caused by the three following ways: acute injury, overuse, and constant pressure or tension for long periods of time.

What can ART Help with?

ART can help treat muscular problems from strain, pain, or injury; head, shoulder, neck, and back pain; problems with tendons, ligaments and nerves; carpal tunnel; tennis elbow; shin splints; plantar fasciitis; and the list goes on.

This innovative technique is increasingly helping patients who face problems such as: pulls or tears of the muscle; microtrauma or a collection of smaller tears; and an insufficient amount of oxygen to muscles

These injuries sustained can be extremely detrimental. Scar tissue can develop from any of these. This buildup leads to shorter, weaker muscles, discomfort and pain. Using this approach could  provide a huge relief to those who have tried other methods and failed to find the results they were looking for.

ART treats the entirety of the affected structure (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, etc…). Practitioners use active motion, directed pressure, and specific treatment of the muscles to break down the scar tissue in the treated area.

What to Expect From ART?

While there are a number of common FAQ about sports therpay and ART, have in finding an effective method that makes them feel great and boots their performance.

ART is typically combined with an evaluation of the problem areas followed by treatment. A trained practitioner tests movement, tension, texture and function of the ligaments, muscles, nerves and tendons. Any problems are uniquely treated and customized to fit the needs of the patient. ART is so specific that there are over 500 different methods for treating every muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia and nerve. This specificity is the secret behind its effectiveness in treating so many injuries.

Each treatment takes a few passes of the affected structure and can accomplish results in a shorter time span compared to other soft tissue therapy.

Individuals who have experienced a sports injury can benefit greatly from ART but its effectiveness is not limited to them only. Anyone experiencing soft tissue damage might discover relief from ART especially if all other methods have failed.

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