Active Release Technique

ART: The Active Release Technique

Created in 1984, ART is a treatment option for soft tissue disorders that utilizes movement-based massage to restore movement and function. The creator of the technique, Michael Leahy, was an Aeronautical Engineer and Chiropractor. Seeking a more effective level of creating restoration, he developed the technique to help people achieve peak performance.

ART is a suitable treatment method for any problems that relate to the nerves, ligaments, fascia, tendons and muscles, and can often remove the need for extensive surgeries in order for more efficient recovery.

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Adhesions are formed in the muscles, connective tissue and nerves when stress, over exercise, trauma and injury occur. These adhesions can cause pain, reduced mobility, tingling and numbness in the affected area. When adhesions occur, the muscles are unable to work properly as they are weaker and shorter, and the nerves within them can become compressed to restrict motion and feeling. This results in reduced blood supply, reduced range of motion and increased pain.

If you suffer from conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, back pain, headaches, nerve entrapments, plantar fasciitis, TMJ, sciatica, tendonitis or inflammation disorders of the joints and soft tissue, then ART can be an effective treatment method.

There are over 500 different movements defined in the ART methods and protocols, each designed to bring about a specific result to correct a problem for the ultimate relief.

A Safe and Common Treatment Method

The most common conditions that are successfully treated by ART are those that involve scar tissue or adhesions in muscles that are overused. The process reverses the entrapment of blood vessels and nerves to produce smooth movement to muscles and tissues. Suitable for people of any age, ART has brought benefit to people from all walks of life, including those who work in offices, housewives, laborers, athletes and children.

What Does an ART Session Involve?

First, Dr. Amir performs a comprehensive examination to evaluate the movement and tightness of muscles, fascia, tendons, nerves and ligaments using his hands. When problematic tissues are identified, tension is precisely placed using specific movements in order to treat these abnormalities.

While the average number of visits a patient needs to make in order to completely resolve a problem is between 6 and 12, it is highly dependent on the specific condition. Most patients will feel relief after only a few sessions.

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