Active Release Techniques (ART) is a patented mobilization technique to treat and prevent damaged/restricted soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and fascia. Treatment restores mobility and eliminates pain; used in conjunction with biomechanical analysis and other manual therapies. Only a certified ART practitioner can provide ART treatment protocols. Russell F. is a full body (upper/lower extremities and spine) certified ART practitioner who treats individuals, athletes and patients.

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

#1. Acute conditions – pulls, tears, collisions, etc.
#2. Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
#3. Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)

Each of these factors causes 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, tension on tendons causes tendonitis and nerves can become trapped. If a nerve is trapped you may feel tingling, numbness and weakness as well as experience reduced range of motion, loss of strength and pain.

Russell F., ART physical therapist, standing by framed certifications.

Many healthcare providers use techniques of massage, trigger-point, electrical modalities and ultrasound with varying degrees of specificity to treat soft tissue problems. These all provide reasonable results, however such treatments only go halfway; there is a much better way, that’s through Active Release Techniques (ART).

Russell F., ART physical therapist, working with a client.

What To Expect

  • Examination

    Hands are used to evaluate texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves.

  • Protocol

    Treatment approach involves over 500 precise/unique moves or “protocols” to identify and correct the client-specific ailments.

  • Treatment

    Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. Failure to treat associated soft tissue by only treating the symptom will not eliminate the cause of the pain.

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