Active Release Technique (ART)®
Active Release Technique Therapy is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with Active Release Technique Therapy. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
How do overuse conditions occur?
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
- acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
- accumulation of small tears
- not getting enough oxygen
Each of these factors can cause 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. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
What is an ART® treatment like?
Every Active Release Technique Therapy® session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The Active Release Technique Therapy provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to Active Release Technique Therapy®. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.
Who performs Active Release Therapy®?
Active Release Therapy can only be performed by certified individuals. Body & Soul’s resident Chiropractor, Dr. Aaron Case, is fully certified to practice all Active Release Techniques and performs all ART treatments at Body & Soul.
Did you know?
...that Massage Therapy clients and Chiropractic patients qualify for a special Personal Training rate at Body & Soul? Conditions apply.
For more information, contact us at 604-224-2639