Active Release Techniques®

Active Release Techniques® (ART®)

What Are Active Release Techniques®?

This state of the art soft tissue and movement based technique treats injury to muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and fascia. Active Release Techniques® (ART®) works by identifying and treating acutely and chronically damages tissue that generates pain and loss of function.

ART® certified doctors diagnose damaged tissues by palpating the area of injury and evaluating the texture, tightness, adhesions, and movement of the tissue. Therefore, ART® is used as both a diagnostic and treatment tool. The damaged tissues are then treated with a combination of precisely directed tension and specific patient movements in a timely and directed manner. ART® allows each treatment protocol to be individualized for each patient; therefore, allowing the providers to address each patient’s specific needs safely and quickly.

CAN Active Release Techniques® CAUSE DISCOMFORT?

Since ART® is directed at sensitive tissues, the work through this area can cause some short term discomfort described as “the good hurt.” This sensation may reproduce some of your presenting symptoms; however, it is usually only lasts a few seconds. The pressure applied never goes beyond the patient’s tolerance and comfort level.


  • Tennis and golfers elbow
  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Shoulder pain (rotator cuff / impingement / tendonitis)
  • Whiplash
  • Knee and leg pain
  • Plantar fasciitis and foot pain
  • Achilles tendonitis / tendinosis
  • Shin splints
  • TMJ
  • Headaches / dizziness
  • Frozen shoulder / adhesive capsulitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Hip pain
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Knee pain and meniscal / ligamentous injuries
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Hamstring injury

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM Active Release Techniques®?

Virtually anyone can benefit from ART®. ART® is used to treat everyone from Olympic and professional athletes, to office workers, laborers, young, and recreational athletes, to young and older people experiencing pain.

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