Active Release Techniques (ART)
Active Release Technique, also known as ART, is a manual therapy (hands on) approach discovered by Dr. Michael Leahy in 1984. The technique involves the therapist applying contact tension to the affected body part and the patient actively moves through their available range of motion to create lengthening and sliding between neighboring soft tissue. ART involves over 500 treatment protocols and your treating therapist will assess the texture, tightness, and movement of your soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc) in order to select the appropriate plan of care. This approach is most notably known for treating adhesions and scar tissue, but can be used to treat anything from muscle strains, nerve entrapments, trigger points, muscle pains, and joint dysfunction. ART is a patented treatment approach and it is suggested that you seek out a clinician who is a certified ART practitioner or who has at least attended their accredited courses.