Active Release Techniques (ART) is a patented, state of the art treatment for injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves, collectively known as soft tissue.

A few examples of soft tissue injuries include:

  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Knee pain
  • Plantar fascitis

Almost any soft tissue structure in the body can be treated with ART.

Scar tissue (adhesions) is often an underlying component to injuries, whether the injury is acute, chronic, traumatic, or related to overuse. ART is highly effective for locating and eliminating scar tissue.

Each treatment session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The doctor uses his hands to evaluate the texture, tension, and movement of the soft tissue. Functional tests (i.e. lunge) or a provocative motion (i.e. yoga pose) may also be used to determine the most important structures to treat. The combination of precise direct tension and very specific patient movements is used to treat abnormal tissue.

Over 500 specific treatment protocols are unique to ART. The specificity of the protocols, properly applied tension, and precise patient movements set ART apart from other soft tissue treatments.