Active Release Technique (ART)
ART eliminates the pain and dysfunction associated with many conditions that entrap nerves or blood vessels in the soft tissue due to adhesions. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, knee, foot, and ankle injuries are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and non-invasively with this patented soft tissue based movement massage technique.
What is Active Release Technique (ART)?
ART is a patented, state-of-the-art, soft tissue management system that treats problems that occur in specific areas such as:
A few of the many conditions that can be treated and permanently fixed with the use of ART
*Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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These conditions all have one important thing in common - they often result from injury to overused muscle
Frequently Asked Questions about Active Release Techniques® soft tissue treatment:
Q: How soon can I expect results?
A: In most cases, following the first treatment a patient will experience a positive result. This may be an increased range of motion, less pain, increased muscle strength, or decreased numbness and tingling.
Q: Is the treatment painful?
A: The first one or two treatments can be somewhat uncomfortable depending on the severity of the condition and the patient’s pain tolerance. However, even if the treatment is uncomfortable and reproduces their symptoms, this is only temporary and will stop a few seconds after the treatment.
Q: How long do the treatments take?
A: The initial consultation, history, examination, and treatment will usually require 30 minutes to one hour. Subsequent treatments take ten to fifteen minutes.
Q: Is this similar to other soft tissue treatments like trigger point therapy, ischemic compression, etc.?
A: NO. ART® is very different than any other soft tissue, bodywork, massage, or other therapy. ART® is very specific and the results achieved utilizing this technique are much more predictable.
Q: Once my problem has been corrected what are the chances of the problem returning?
A: If the patient is advised as to any lifestyle modifications and follows through with the prescribed exercise/stretches, the likelihood of the condition recurring is very low. Dr. Leahy reported a recurrence rate of only 4% in his carpal tunnel study, of which half (2%), had not followed through with their exercises.
Q: Can I benefit from ART® even if I have already been evaluated and treated by other doctors and specialists?
A: Only a provider experienced and trained in ART® can determine if you might benefit from this treatment. Most of the cases seen in my office are those patients whom have been treated by other health care providers unsuccessfully. Most of these patients are happily surprised when they experience an improvement in their condition after just one or two treatments.
Q: What if my doctor recommends surgery?
A: There are cases where surgery might be inevitable. Since ART® is non-invasive and has no side effects, it is practical to try ART® first.