Active Release Techniques

About ART

Active Release Techniques (ART) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique 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 quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often the result of overused muscles.

Benefits of ART

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

  1. acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
  2. accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  3. not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)

All 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 a scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker; tension on tendons can cause tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. These problems reduce range of motion and strength, and also cause pain. If a nerve is trapped, you may also feel tingling and numbness.

Who Should Consider ART?

ART is a highly successful treatment not only for athletes but to anyone who leads an active life, sits at a computer all day, or enjoys gardening. Many daily activities cause repetitive stress and the formation of scar tissue. Scar tissue creates symptoms of pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion, numbness and weakness, ART has a 90% success rate in treating these symptoms permanently.

What is an ART treatment like?

Each appointment is a combination of examination and treatment. A hands-on treatment, John evaluates the texture, tightness and movement of soft tissues to locate any limitations. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.