Who can benefit from ART®?
Active Release Techniques® is used by athletes worldwide, but is equally suited for individuals of all ages, abilities and activity levels.
Scar tissue and adhesions treated by ART® practitioners develop from a variety of sources including:
- Exercise and training routines
- Poor postural habits
- Repetitive use from job/career patterns (typing, assembling, etc)
What conditions can be treated with ART®?
ART® is utilized to evaluate and treat many types of soft tissue injuries. Most soft tissue injury and damage is caused by trauma and chronic injury. Injured soft tissue is predisposed to scar formation, inflammation, and abnormal fusion of diseased muscle. These factors combined can lead to decreased range-of-motion, pain (acute or chronic), and decreased strength in both joints and muscles.
Active release techniques® may be utilized to evaluate and treat many types of soft tissue injuries including the following:
- Knee pain
- Shoulder pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Shin splints
- Ankle pain
- Hip pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
The list above is a sampling of conditions that are amenable to treatment with ART®. The majority of the ailments needing intervention with Active Release Techniques® can be attributed to constant tension and overuse of muscles. These two factors combine and may lead to symptoms such as pain, immobility and nerve compression in the soft tissues.
What to expect?
Every 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 patient movements. These treatment protocols - more than 500 specific moves - are unique to ART®. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems affecting each patient. ART® is not a cookie-cutter approach!
The simplest way to describe what it feels like to receive ART® treatment is to combine the feeling of getting stretched and massaged at the exact same time. While there can be a deeper pressure felt, treatment should always be tolerable. Occasionally there will be some muscle soreness felt after the first few sessions, but the feeling should be no different than that of good workout soreness.