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Active Release Technique (ART)

What is ART?

Active Release Technique

ART or Active Release Technique 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, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. 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 (micro-trauma)
  • Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)

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 Active Release Technique treatment like?

ART is a diagnostic soft tissue treatment that is performed by hand on the problem area to resolve scar tissue, restrictions and entrapments within the muscles, tendons and ligaments

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.

Dr. Jason Addison ART, performing soft tissue manipulation

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.

Why should I go to Addison Sports Clinic for ART treatment?

Dr. Addison is one of the premiere Atlanta ART chiropractors and he knows that understanding deep tissue problems is critical to successful rehabilitation. By identifying the exact tissues affected and applying these patented techniques and making the necessary changes, Dr. Addison will better assist in your recovery.

As a certified Active Release Technique provider, Dr. Addison continues his education through ongoing seminars, training, and study. Months of preparation are necessary in order to prepare for the vigorous testing that certified chiropractors are fully capable of applying these new methods and achieving results.

What is the history of Active Release Techniques?

ART has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients’ symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients’ problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART.

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