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Active Release Technique A.R.T.

Active Release  Technique is a state of the art movement-oriented system of manual therapy that helps resolve a wide range of muscle, nerve and joint injuries. It is a patented system developed by Dr. Leahy that addresses various injuries by breaking up scar tissue, releasing adhesions in and between muscles and un-trapping nerves that get stuck in muscles or impinged by bones. Over-used movements is the main culprit for these conditions.


Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  • acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)

  • accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)

  • not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia

Over-used muslces causes accumulation of dense tissue that binds up and ties down other tissue that need to move freely.  As dense 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, weakness, and pain. If a nerve is trapped, you may also feel tingling and numbness.

Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension and depth with very specific patient movements. Performing the technique correctly allows muscles to slide, contract and lengthen properly which contributes to better muscle and joint function. Enhanced function helps drastically with the injury recovery process and reduces the chances of re-injury.

What is an ART Treatment like?

Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART 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 ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.

Common Conditions Treatable with F.R. Technique :

  • Achilles Tendinosis/itis

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Cervical Sprain/Strain (neck pain)

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Lateral Epicondylosis/itis (Tennis Elbow)

  • Medial Epicondylosis/itis (Golfer’s Elbow)

  • Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)

  • Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)

  • Rotator Cuff Teninosis/itis (shoulder pain or impingement)

  • Scar tissue

  • Shin Splints

  • Trigger Finger

  • Women’s Health (Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)

  • Headache

  • Sciatica (lower back and leg pain)

  • Osteoarthritis

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