Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.)
Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.) is a soft tissue technique utilizing compressive, tensile, and shear forces applied by manual (hand) touch to address repetitive strain, cumulative trauma injuries, and constant pressure tension lesions. It is used in the treatment of a broad pathological spectrum of injuries to the fascia, muscles, tendons, and nerves.
The therapeutic effects of A.R.T. include increased ranges of motion, early return to work or athletic play, and a reduction in symptoms associated with soft tissue injuries. Common conditions that benefit from A.R.T. treatment include tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines and thoracic outlet syndrome.
Each session involves a combination of examination and treatment. The A.R.T. provider uses their hands to assess tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Treatment involves a combination of tension applied to the tissue with active movements.