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ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue 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.

This technique is performed by licensed or certified professionals, who have completed ART post-graduate training courses and passed rigorous written and practical examinations. ART is one of the only soft tissue techniques in North America with a federal process patent, so only certified ART practitioners are permitted to say they do the technique.

What is 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.

Who can benefit from ART®?

ART® can help people from all walks of life. From professional athletes to weekend warriors to stay at home mothers to the everyday blue collar worker, it doesn't matter who you are or what you do, if your injury is of soft tissue nature, ART® will more than likely help.

How long will it take?

Each patient is different depending on their specific injury. On average, patients require between 4 – 10 visits to correct most soft tissue injuries. Each treatment is expected to last anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. Additional factors that effect this overall treatment time include patient compliance, severity of condition, and overall health.

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®.

Some of the information provided here is from the following website: www.activerelease.com.
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