Active Release Technique ®

Active Release Technique (ART) helps heal soft tissue injuries.

What is Active Release Technique (ART)?

Alberta Institute for Spine and Sport Therapy offers Active Release Technique (ART®) which is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. It is a natural treatment that locates and breaks down scar tissue and adhesions that are caused by soft tissue injuries. Many of these injuries are caused by repetitive stress, acute trauma or over use. ART® treatment can quickly and permanently remove scar tissue and adhesions in these areas.

How do soft tissue injuries occur?

Soft tissue is usually injured in two ways:
1) acute injuries (strains, tears, whiplash...)
2) accumulation of small tears by doing the same movement repeatedly (micro-trauma)

In either case your body develops a dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue causes muscles to become shortened which results in in tendonitis, myofascitis and nerve entrapment. Coincidentally, many will experience weakness, loss of range of motion, numbness, tingling and pain.

What is an Active Release Technique treatment?

ART treatments first begins with a complete history and evaluation. During this evaluation the provider will evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension on the scar tissue with very specific patient movements. These treatments allow the scar tissue to be removed which permits the tissue to return to normal health. As the tissue health is restored symptoms begin to dissipate until they are completely eliminated.

There are over 500 specific treatment protocols unique to ART®. They allow the provider incredible flexibility to treat a number of conditions.

Who should consider ART?

ART® is a highly successful treatment for athletes, people wanting to live an active life, people with labor intensive jobs, people that sit at a computer all day or people that enjoy gardening or doing crafts.

ART can help with:

  • Headaches
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Problems
  • Wrist Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Low Back Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Knee Problems
  • Ankle Pain
  • Finger Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Tennis Elbow
  • TMJ
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