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 fascitis, 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 a result of overused muscles.

Designed to Treat:

  • Pulls
  • Tears
  • Collisions
  • Micro-Trauma
  • Hypoxia
 
 
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is ART®?

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 a result of overused muscles. 

How do overuse conditions occur?


   • Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
   • Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
   • Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)

Each 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 scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

 

What is an ART® treatment like?

Every ART® session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART® provider uses 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 - over 500 specific moves - are unique to ART®. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.
 

How long will it take?

On average, patients require 4 to 10 visits to correct most soft tissue problems.  Obviously, each patient is different depending on their specific injury.  Each treatment is expected to last from 20 to 30 minutes. Additional factors that effect this overall treatment time include patient compliance, severity of condition, and overall health.


What is a "Full Body ART® Provider"?

There are three core ART® certifications available to health care professionals--Spine, Lower Extremity, and Upper Extremity. In order for a practitioner to become "Full Body Certified" they must complete each course, including a written and practical exam for each. Recertification is required every year in order to ensure the quality of the technique.

 

What is the Long Nerve Entrapment Certification?

A practitioner with this certification pays specific attention to treating the peripheral nerves of the body originating at the spinal cord and ending in the hands and feet. The practitioner actually moves the nerve to ensure it’s not entrapped within joints or body parts which the nerve crosses. 

 

What is the Masters Certification? 

This course is specifically designed for ART® providers who have been utilizing the technique for many years.  The providers work intimately with Michael Leahy (the creator of ART®) to improve their touch, technique and learn complex protocols.

 

What is the history of Active Release Techniques?

ART has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients' symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients' problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART.





Some of the information above was taken from the following website: www.activerelease.com.