Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue therapy system that treats problems in 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.
Every ART session is 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 unique treatment protocols, with over 500 in all, allow providers to identify and correct specific problems. ART is an approach that is customized to meet the individual needs of the patient.
The goal of Active Release Technique is to prevent a patient from entering a cycle of the cumulative soft tissue injury—defined by stages of friction, pressure, tension, decreased circulation, adhesion, fibrosis, physical disruption, and inflammation—or to break the cumulative injury cycle for patients that already present with evidence of cumulative trauma.
Active Release Technique is performed by applying hand contact to the identified tissue with specific pressure and tension followed by either active or passive patient motion (preferably active, but this is dependent on patient and tissue tolerance). The technique will vary based on the soft tissue diagnosis, but the most common treatment method is to establish hand contact to the involved tissue with the tissue in a shortened position (i.e., approximation of the proximal and distal attachment points of the tissue) then bringing the tissue to a fully lengthened position while maintaining the hand contact longitudinally along the tissue.
At Physio Logic, practitioners work as a team perform a comprehensive orthopedic, neurological, and functional exam to determine a patient’s pain generating tissue(s) as well as the cause of a patient’s symptoms. Pain management and nutrition may be used to help with soft tissue release and recovery in cases that present with complicating factors or underlying conditions that impact patient prognosis.