Active Release Technique
Active Release Technique is a patented movement based massage technique the treats problems with:
These conditions all have one important thing in common. They are often a result of overuse. Below you’ll find a list of a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.
- Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Shoulder Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Knee Problems
- Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
- IT Band Syndrome
How do overuse conditions occur?
Over-used muscles and other soft tissues change as a result of trauma. It’s important to note that there are two distinct types of trauma:
- Active Trauma – includes acute conditions like pulls, tears and collisions from sports, motor vehicle accidents and falls
- Passive Trauma – occurs from prolonged postures like sitting, sleeping and repetitive activities
Sitting is the leading cause of passive trauma in the workplace. Active and Passive stress leads to an accumulation of small tears which decreases blood flow and oxygen (Hypoxia) to the tissues. The result is 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 tendonitis, 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 Active Release Technique treatment 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. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.
What is the history of Active Release Techniques?
Active Release Technique has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients’ symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients’ problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART.