Active Release Technique

Active Release Technique (ART®) is a patented manual soft tissue treatment system that has been shown to be effective for a broad range of soft tissue injuries when most conventional treatments (physical therapy, massage, medication, surgery, & chiropractic) have failed.

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The goal of Active Release Technique® is to restore optimal texture, motion, and function of the soft tissue and release any entrapped nerves or blood vessels. This is accomplished through the removal of adhesions or fibrosis in the soft tissues via the application of specific protocols. Adhesions can occur as a result of acute injury, repetitive motion, or constant pressure or tension. ART® eliminates the pain and dysfunction associated with these adhesions.


ART® is unique because of the strong sense of touch that is developed learning the more than 500 different treatment protocols. This strong sense of touch awareness can take a considerable amount of time and experience to develop. Treatments involve the use of specific protocols that deal directly with the patient’s condition. These treatment protocols combine the use of pressure, tension, and motion to force the layers of muscle and tissue to work together properly. ART® is successful when other traditional methods fail because ART® practitioners locate the true, root cause of the problem. An experienced practitioner can successfully resolve many soft tissue conditions within 12-15 treatments. Advanced practitioners are also trained in biomechanical analysis and can understand exactly how injuries within the kinetic chain affect the biomechanics of the patient. ART® practitioners consider the body to be one complete, dynamic, functional unit; they do not restrict their attention and treatment to just the area of complaint.


ART® is not a magic medical bullet or a cure-all. It is non-invasive, very safe, has virtually no side effects, and has a record of producing excellent results. Treatments can feel uncomfortable as scar tissue or adhesion break up. Patients report this as “hurts so good”. This discomfort is temporary and subsides almost immediately after treatment. It is common to feel a duplication of symptoms during the treatment. This is a good indication that the problem has been identified. Treatments take 5-10 minutes and may require 12-15 visits for optimal results.

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