ART® stands for Active Release Techniques.
It is a new and highly successful hands-on treatment method to address problems in the soft tissues of
the body, including the muscles, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. ARTA treatment is highly successful in
dealing with injuries because it is specifically designed to locate and treat scar tissue adhesions that
accumulate in the muscles and surrounding soft tissues. By locating and treating the soft-tissue adhesions
with ART®, it allows the practitioner to, one, breakup restrictive adhesions, two, reinstate normal tissue
flexibility and movement, and three, more completely restore flexibility, balance, and stability to the injured
area as well as the entire kinetic chain.
You can think of an ART treatment as a type of active massage. The practitioner will first shorten
the muscle, tendon, or ligament, and then apply a very specific pressure with his/her hands as you actively
stretch and lengthen the tissues. As the tissue lengthens the practitioner is able to assess the texture and tension of the muscle to determine if the tissue is healthy or contains scar tissue that needs further treatment. When scar tissue adhesions are felt, the amount and direction of tension can be modified to treat the problematic area. In this sense, each treatment is also an assessment of the health of the area as we are able to feel specifically where the problem is occurring.
An additional benefit of ART is it allows us to further assess and correct problems not only at
the site of pain itself, but also in other areas of the kinetic chain, which are associated with movement
compensations and are often contributing factors to the problem. This ensures that all the soft tissues that
have become dysfunctional and are contributing to the specific injury are addressed, even if they have not yet
all developed pain.
One of the best things about ART is how fast it can get results. In our experience, the majority of injuries respond very well to ART treatment, especially when combined with the appropriate home
stretching and strengthening exercises. Although each case is unique and there are several factors that
will determine the length of time required to fully resolve each condition, we usually find a significant
improvement can be gained in just 4 – 6 treatments. These results are the main reason that many elite
athletes and professional sports teams have ART, practitioners on staff, and why ART is an integral part
of the Ironman triathlon series.
To book an appointment to see if ART will be able to help with your running injury, simply call our
office a7 251-375-0131