What is Active Release Technique?

 

WHAT IS ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE (ART)?

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ART is an extremely effective technique developed by Michael Leahy where a provider uses his or her hands to detect adhesions in soft tissue (muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves). Once located, the provider breaks up the scar tissue while the patient “actively” performs various movements.

HOW DOES ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE WORK?

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As adhesions or scar tissue builds up, blood supply is decreased and the soft tissue becomes shorter and weaker, limiting the motion and function of the muscles and joints involved. Pain occurs and nerves can become entrapped (causing numbness/tingling). ART gets to the root of the problem which offers quick results and lasting pain relief.

WHO BENEFITS FROM THE ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE?

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ART is widely used by athletes, including Kobe Bryant, to avoid or treat injuries due to overuse. It is a well known “secret” for players in the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS, etc.

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ART providers also serve as critical members of the medical staff that take care of athletes participating in IRONMAN events.

In addition, the technique provides relief for people from all walks of life who are experiencing acute or chronic pain.

WHAT IS THE ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNQIUE USED TO TREAT?

There are over 500 treatment protocols, but some of the most common ailments successfully treated with ART include:

  • IT Band Syndrome

  • Shin splints

  • Shoulder pain

  • Sciatica

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Knee problems

  • Scars after surgery

  • Back pain

  • Tennis elbow and many more

ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE TESTIMONIAL

One of our own patients suffered with foot pain for over two years before seeking out an ART provider as a last resort. After less than 10 sessions, she experienced incredible relief and even got to wear heels for the first time in years. Now she’s happily traveling with her husband and spreading the word about ART to both doctors and patients. You can read more about her incredible story here.

WHAT OTHER TREATMENTS COULD WORK FOR YOU?

The Graston Technique

The McKenzie Method

Kinesio Taping