Active Release Techniques® (ART) soft tissue management system is so different that it has been granted a medical patent. In order to become an ART® provider, each professional must complete extensive hands-on instruction and written/ practical testing unparalleled by other soft tissue programs. An ART® provider is trained to palpate and treat more than 300 muscular injuries and over 100 nerve entrapments, which often cause numbness and tingling. Treatment duration and frequency may vary depending on the severity and complexity of the injury. However, most patients experience rapid recovery.
What is causing the pain?
Soft tissue conditions often do not show up in radiographic studies. When soft tissue has been injured, or even chronically tight, it forms scar tissue. While necessary for healing, scar tissue may “stick” to adjacent structures restricting range of motion and may cause compression over nerves or blood vessels. This condition alters the texture of soft tissue, which an experienced ART® provider can diagnose and treat.
Who can benefit from ART®?
Since an ART® provider is qualified to diagnose and treat over 400 structures, we see a broad range of injuries and conditions. ART® is successful for professional and amateur athletes, people injured in auto accidents or at work, and people who just work hard and hurt. Conditions typically treated with ART® include rotator cuff injuries, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, shin splints, carpal tunnel and headaches to name a few.