aCtiVe rELEASE TECHNIQUE (ART)

Active Release Technique (ART)® is a deep tissue technique that treats chronic muscle tightness and muscular adhesion also known as scar tissue. Its value extends beyond muscles, as it can also treat injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and a special type of connective tissue called fascia. Among the numerous conditions that ART may help resolve are shin splints, sciatica-or sciatic like pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, headaches, lower back pain, knee issues, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis and nerve entrapment. We are a certified provider for Active Release Techniques.

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What is Active Release Techniques (ART) to Individuals, Athletes, and Patients?

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. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

How do overuse conditions occur?

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

  • acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
  • accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendinitis (inflammation), 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.

What is an ART treatment like?

Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her 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.

These treatment protocols - over 500 specific moves - are unique to ART, and the patented 'state-of-the-art' manual therapy techniques allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient within a few session. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.

What is the history of Active Release Techniques?

ART has been developed, refined, and patented by Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy  and his staff personally certify all practitioners, so that they can guarantee proper handling of a patients' symptoms. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, and communicating documented effective techniques we are able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients' problems.

What history do Professional Athletes have using Active Release Techniques?

Michael Leahy,  his staff and personally certified practitioners offer the highest level of pre-habilitation, injury recovery and rehabilitation support for Physical Therapy (PT), Orthopedic treatments for NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL players. They are also contracted with many University and NCAA players in Football, Baseball, Basketball, Lacrosse, Gymnastics, Swimming & Diving, Water Polo, Crew - both individual and team sculls, Gold, Tennis, Squash, Running and Cycling. Please contact us today with your questions.