Active Release Technique


Active Release Technique (ART):

Do you ever feel tingling, numbness and weakness in your muscles and joints?  This could be due to a trapped nerve, adhesions or scar tissue in overused muscles resulting in tissues suffering from decreased blood supply, pain, and poor mobility.  As adhesions build up, your muscles shorten, get weak, and cause altered joint motion, thus diminishing your flexibility while often compressing related nerves and other structures.

To treat conditions related to adhesions or scar tissue in overused muscles, Dr. P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP developed, refined and patented the soft tissue treatment method known as ART.  The purpose of ART is to restore the smooth movement of tissues and release any trapped nerves or blood vessels.

ART has been found to be effective in providing relief for patients with headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and various other conditions.

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How do overuse conditions occur?

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  • acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
  • accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).

ART is the “Go-To-Method” sought after by professional athletes around the world because it the most effective soft tissue modality that produces instantaneous results.  Professional athletes cannot afford to stay on the sidelines due to pain or injury so ART is critical in providing relief from symptoms.  ART has recently been referenced by Timothy Ferriss in his NYTimes Best-Seller “The 4-Hour Body“, NY Yankees Mark Teixeira in Men’s Journal Magazine, Runner’s World, Wall Street Journal, and many more.

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What is an ART treatment like?

Every ART session is actually 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 treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – 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.

For additional information, click for the ART video 1 and video 2.






*Disclaimer.  Some parts of the above mentioned statements are direct quotes from Active Release Techniques.

Copyright by Dr. Andrew J Park

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