What is Active Release Techniques® (ART):
Active Release Techniques (ART) is a movement-based massage treatment system. It is is extremely useful for accurately locating the cause of soft tissue discomforts that affect muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Because it consists of highly specific myofascial release, pin and stretch movements, ART is renowned for resolving (or greatly improving) many of these pain patterns quickly, often with lasting results.
What is ART® used for?
Active Release Techniques help restore your soft-tissue to function with more efficiency. Whether due to pulls, tears, the accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma) or as a result of over-training, each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue. As scar tissue builds up, it binds tissues together that need to move freely. Consequently, this causes muscles to lose the ability to lengthen, tendons cannot slide easily, ligaments become restricted and nerves can become trapped. As a result, you may have reduced strength and range of motion as well as pain. Fortunately, ART can be used to reduce scar tissue, and the discomfort it creates, and restore mobility.
What conditions can benefit from receiving ART?
Neck and back pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome have been treated with great success. Also, sciatica, knee problems, shin splints and plantar fasciitis, are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.
Who uses Active Release Techniques?
Anyone in pain or with limited joint range of motion can benefit from these treatments. Many athletes from nearly all professional and amateur team sports. Also, cyclists, runners and triathletes. In addition, professional dancers, MMA fighters and martial artists. From weekend warriors to active people from any walk of life who have been injured or want to stay in top condition, ART has helped.
Locally, the Broncos, the Nuggets, and the Rockies, all have Active Release Techniques providers on staff. Some famous athletes that rely on ART treatments include footballers Peyton Manning and Bill Romanowski, hockey players Gary Roberts and Olympic gold medalist Brendan Morrow. Also, Mr. Olympia winners Jay Cutler and Dorian Yates are included in the list with many others.
What is an ART session like?
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. It allows providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.
First the provider listens to the client’s issues and assesses their movement to understand what causes the discomfort. Second there is a provider’s hands-on palpation to assess tissue tension, texture, and movement of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves that are involved. Once the cause of the discomfort is identified, the tissues are treated by combining very precisely directed pressure through technical hands-on touch (‘tension to the tissue’) along with precise movements performed together by the employee and the provider. A detailed record is made of exactly which tissues were treated that most alleviated an individual’s condition so that follow-up sessions are provided with great efficiency.
ART testimonial from professional bodybuilder Jose Raymond:
“ART is very beneficial and very different from standard deep-tissue. The key difference is movement. They are moving you around, and you are asked to do specific movements as they dig into you. They get much deeper than deep-tissue and work on different areas, reaching under your scapula, for example. The goal of ART is to increase your range of motion and decrease chronic pain in areas like your joints. To stimulate the muscle 100 percent from origin to insertion, you really do need a full range of motion. ART can definitely help you get that back if you’ve lost it, which most of us who have been training hard for years have.”