Active Release Technique (ART®)

Active Release Technique (ART®) is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue therapy that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved with ART®. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they often result from injury to over-used muscles.

How do Over-use Injuries Occur?

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

  • Acute injuries (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 cause tendonitis, and nerves 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 Active Release Technique (ART®) treatment like?

EveryActive Release Technique 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 movements.

These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART®. A typical treatment lasts about 10–15 minutes. The problem should be fixed within 4-5 treatments. If a change has not been seen within this time, further evaluation may be necessary. The treatments can be uncomfortable, but when done correctly are very safe.

Along with the ART® treatment, chiropractic manipulation and rehabilitative exercise to improve strength and flexibility are usually advised.

Further information on ART® visit or contact one of the chiropractors at evolve.

Questions & Answers about Active Release Technique®

Active Release Technique (ART®) is a system of diagnosis and treatment for injuries to soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves). ART® is used to treat a variety of conditions including acute strains and sprains, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, low back pain, and chronic overuse conditions or repetitive strain injuries such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, and runners’ knee.

It is a manual therapy designed to find scars in damaged tissue and release the adhesions (abnormal connection of fibrous tissues) that stick to muscles and between connective tissues. These adhesions prevent the sliding movements that occur between healthy tissue. Muscle or joint adhesions can be painful and create abnormal movement, and nerve adhesions can cause numbness, tingling, or radiating pain.

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