Active Release Techniques (ART) is a hands-on therapy designed to restore the normal textures and tension to soft tissue structures, allowing full function. Muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerve entrapment sites are the soft tissues on which ART works. ART is used to break down scar tissue and adhesions that form within or between these soft tissues. This revolutionary therapy can be applied to the spine, upper, and lower extremities only by a credentialed provider of Active Release Techniques.
An ART practitioner uses their knowledge of anatomy, neurology, and biomechanics to correctly diagnose and treat injuries. What attracts so many professional athletes and weekend warriors to ART is the quick results obtained without surgery.
ART has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients' symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients' problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART.