ART stands for Active Release Technique, It is a new and highly successful hands-on treatment method to address problems in the soft tissues of your body; effectively treating problems with your bodies muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. ART also effectively treats headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder pain, sciatica and knee problems. These conditions all have one thing in common: they’re the result of overused muscles.
How does ART (Active Release Technique) work?
Most of us will have injuries to soft tissues from traumatic events or repetitive movements, creating a lack of oxygen in and around the tissues that will lead to scar tissue, muscle adhesion and nerve entrapment. This leads to discomfort, pain, stiffness and immobility and tingling, numbness, and weakness from nerve damage.
We’ll locate your problems and release the tension and scarring to allow blood flow to the affected areas to heal the structure and allow for proper motion and strength. ART allows our therapists to identify impaired muscle, nerve and tendons and provide fast relief of the soft tissue restriction.
ART also manually releases nerves that are entrapping the blood flow to your muscles that are causing pain. ART is much more effective than massage or other hot/cold therapy treatments because it gets to the core of the problem, not just the inflammation. In most cases you’ll experience immediate relief with improved function.
What is an ART treatment like?
ART treatments are a combination of examination and treatment, with the Doctor using his hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, tendons and ligaments and then abnormal tissues are treated by combining direct tension with specific patient movements.
You can think of an ART treatment as a type of active massage. The practitioner will first shorten the muscle, tendon, or ligament, and them apply a very specific pressure with his/her hands as you actively stretch and lengthen the tissues.