Active Release Technique

The Gold Standard for soft-tissue treatment.

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Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented, state-of-the-art, movement-based massage technique that treats muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerve conditions that all have one important thing in common: they are often the result of scar tissue formation and nerve malfunction due to overused muscles.

ART is a quick and effective treatment for many common injuries such as headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow.

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“I’ve had ART therapy for my loose-cannon hip, which you can hear pop in and out of place (urg), as well as acupuncture for some digestion issues, and every time I go I walk out feeling more aligned inside and out!” 

Questions and answers about Active Release Technique

How is ART different from Chiropractic?

ART practitioners undergo lengthy training to learn a complex series of movements or “protocols,” designed to accelerate healing as well as learning increased touch sensitivity that is necessary to diagnose targeted muscle groups in patients’ bodies. Successful practitioners receive official certification in this specialty.

What does ART treat?

ART is indicated for the treatment and healing of overworked, pulled, torn or oxygen-deprived muscles which produce such common symptoms as headaches, back pain, shin splints, tendonitis, sciatica, knee problems and other soft-muscle disabilities. ART helps to break down and rid the body of these scar tissues so that muscles can move freely again.

What’s an ART treatment like?

ART practitioners both diagnose abnormal conditions and offer treatments to correct them. ART providers use their sensitivity and knowledge to evaluate all areas of affected musculature and treat patients with precise application of tension accompanied by directed movement.

Who may practice ART?

Practitioners may not promote themselves as ART-certified unless they have completed coursework in upper and lower extremity musculature, spinal adjustment, nerve entrapment release, complex protocols, active palpitation, patient diagnosis and more. Practitioners must attend periodic re-certification courses to remain active.



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