Active Release Technique (ART) is a specialized system of protocols which incorporates soft tissue massage with specific movements to treat problems related to muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. ART is highly effective in permanently treating a wide variety of overuse conditions some of which include sciatica, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, knee pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Active release works by targeting tissue that has developed scar tissue. Scar tissue forms from repetitive movements and everyday overuse of muscles. Scar tissue build up restricts the natural movement of muscles. This eventually leads to pain, inflammation, weakness and stiffness. ART effectively breaks up these adhesions, which allows the muscle to function properly. This technique is gentle and typically patients see results after the first treatment.