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Active Release Techniques (ART)

ART is a patented, soft tissue system that treats problems with 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 with ART.

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With a success rate of over 90%, Active Release Technique has become one of most sought after soft tissue treatments in the world today.

ART is one of the most effect forms of treatment for repetitive-motion injuries, has helped Olympic athletes achieve gold medals, and allowed injured athletes to return quickly to their training protocols.

Please Note: This is the Active Release Information Page. We are providing this information for your benefit. We are not implying "Superiority" of this technique over other chiropractic procedures. Active Release technique is one of the many tools we use at Edgemont Chiropractic Clinic to address musculoskeletal conditions.

What is Active Release Technique (ART)?

ART is a patented, state-of-the-art, soft tissue management system that treats problems that occur with:

  • Muscles.
  • Tendons.
  • Ligaments.
  • Fascia.
  • 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. (Click here for a complete list of conditions treatable with ART.)

These conditions all have one important thing in common - they often result from injury to overused muscles .

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How do overuse injuries occur?

Overused muscles (and other traumatized soft tissues) can cause changes to your body in three important ways:

  • Cause acute injuries (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.).
  • Accumulate small tears
    (micro-trauma).
  • Reduce oxygen flow to cells (hypoxia).

Each of these changes causes your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up:

  • Muscles become shorter and weaker.
  • Tension on tendons causes tendonitis.
  • Nerves can become trapped.

This can result in reduced ranges of motion, loss of strength, and pain. With trapped nerves, you may also feel tingling, numbness, shooting pains, burning sensations, weakness, muscle atrophy and circulatory changes.


What conditions can ART treat?

We use ART to treat a broad range of soft tissue injuries, including the following:

Click here to view a video demonstrating the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with Active Release Techniques.

Click here to view a video demonstrating the treatment of Knee Pain with Active Release Techniques.

Click here to view a video demonstrating the treatment of Achilles Tendonitis with Active Release Techniques.


What happens during an ART treatment?

Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment . The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tension, movement and function of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

These treatment protocols – over 500 of them - are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.

Treatments take about 8-15 minutes for each area being treated. A condition may require two to ten visits before full functionality is restored. Manipulation if requested is frequently carried out in conjunction with ART to increase treatment effectiveness.

Whenever possible we have our patients perform active movements during the treatment process. Active motions stimulate neurological pathways in the spinal cord that help to reduce pain during treatment. Motion also help to reproduce the stresses the patient will actually be under during normal active motion

Ensuring you get the right touch!

Strength, speed and endurance are expected to improve within the first few treatments. We will often have our patients test these factors after two or three visits. If no improvement is seen, we know that either we have not found the source of the problem,or the area affected needs to be strengthened further.

Active Release Techniques is non-invasive, very safe, has virtually no side effects, and has a record of producing very good results. When a soft tissue problem has resolved the symptoms will not return unless the injury happens again. To avoid future injuries we instruct our patients in specific exercises, give postural recommendations and explain to our patients the mechanism of injury so that it may be avoided in the future.

How does an ART treatment feel?

Treatments can feel uncomfortable during the movement phases as the scar tissue or adhesions "break-up". This discomfort is temporary and subsides almost immediately after the treatment.

It is common to feel a duplication of your pain symptoms during the treatment (a good indication that the problem has been identified).

Patients report that "It hurts good".

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Phone: 403-241-3772
Fax: 403-241-3846
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