What is Active Release Technique?

ART is a Type of Soft Tissue Treatment
Active Release Techniques

Today I have a guest post about What is Active Release Technique written by two European chiropractors and active release technique providers, Shane Lawlor and Mark Warren. Shane and Mark have a passion for this soft tissue technique which they use on professional sports men and women and their daily patients.

If you are a chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist who is interested in doing the accredited active release technique courses there is a one happening Thursday June 7 – Sunday June 10 2012 at Tottenham Hotspurs FC home arena, White Hart Lane in London UK. This course will be teaching you how to use the active release techniques for lower extremity conditions.

What is ART®?

It is a collection of hands-on soft-tissue techniques that treat alterations in tissue texture and tension. However, its value extends beyond muscles, as it can also treat injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and a special type of connective tissue called fascia.

The creator of Active Release Techniques (ART) is a doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Michael Leahy.

ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel sy…

How It Works

This technique was developed from Dr Leahy’s observation that scar tissue develops in and between muscles, nerves, fascia, tendons and ligaments following any soft tissue injury. This includes repetitive strain, tears, poor posture and direct impact such as whiplash.

These adhesion’s, or scar tissue, can dramatically alter muscles and joint function, resulting in a wide range of symptoms including pain, swelling, tingling, numbness and a loss of full movement.

Active Release Technique® is a hands on soft tissue diagnostic and treatment system:

  1. First the area/s to be treated are identified through soft tissue palpation.
  2. Once this is done, the practitioner will either move the patient’s affected body part or will ask the patient to do so.
  3. The movement coupled with the direct contact allows the adhesion’s to break up.

Unlike traditional massage or more aggressive soft-tissue treatments ART® moves the affected muscle or structure through a range of motion to help restore function.

Common Conditions Treated

ART for Forearm PainHealthcare practitioners around the world use ART® for spinal pain, sciatica, soft-tissue injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, muscle strain, ligament sprain, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, TMJ/TMD, peripheral nerve entrapment & sports injuries.

ART® in Sports Injuries

Active Release Techniques® is the treatment of choice for many of top athletes including every American NFL team.

ART® is also an official sponsor of the Ironman Triathlon series and provide teams of ART® practitioners to many of the events.

It’s European presence grows every year with premiership football teams, European Tour golf pros and a presence at the upcoming London 2012 Olympic games.

ART® in the Work Place

ART for Lat MuscleApproximately seven years ago ART® began delivering on-site care to corporations in America who had significant expenses in for payments  for musculoskeletal disorders & injury.

As an example a program took place for one company whose worker’s compensation costs were approaching 1 million dollars and primarily were attributed to soft tissue injuries. ART® placed an experienced ART® provider on-site at SCI for 6 hours per week and after one year their expenses reduced by approximately 80%, a saving of approximately $800,000. SCI’s EH&S manager, Mary Betsch, stated, “Although SCI has made efforts in other areas to reduce workers’ compensation costs, our significant reduction in expenses is largely due to ART’s program. ”

Although few European companies directly payout for their employes treatments, billions of euros are lost each year in the private sector from sick leave related to soft tissue injuries and disorders. As a result many companies are following the American success by bringing ART® practitioners in to their offices.

The Bottom Line

I hope you enjoyed learning about Active Release Techniques today so the next time your chiro, osteo or physio tells you they are going to be treating your injury with ART® you know what they mean.