What is Active Release (ART)?

activereleasetherapyActive Release Technique (A.R.T.®) is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system that diagnoses and treats soft tissue injuries. These injuries can be a result of repetitive stress or trauma such as whiplash or from over-use of the same muscle group doing the same activities. It is a non-invasive healing procedure that locates and breaks down scar tissue and adhesion’s that cause soft-tissue injuries.

How is ART® performed?

It is a method of healing injuries by locating scar tissue, then applying tension to the scar tissue while lengthening muscles, tendons, and ligaments. ART returns tissue to its correct tension, texture, movement and function thus eliminating symptoms.

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 patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach – treatment and specific moves incorporated depend on the evaluation of the patient.

Each session takes between 10 to 30 minutes, and comfort level varies by each. At times ART can be described as mildly uncomfortable, but the therapeutic benefits easily outweigh any tenderness felt during treatment.

Who Should Consider ART®?

ART is a highly successful treatment not only for athletes, but to anyone who leads an active life, sits at a computer all day, or enjoys gardening. Many daily activities cause repetitive stress and the formation of scar tissue, which hinders the movement and function of soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves). This creates symptoms of pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion, numbness, and weakness.

If you suffer from any of the following ailments, ART may be the solution for you.

  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Neck pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Tendonitis
  • Shin splints
  • Finger pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sciatica
  • Leg pain
  • TMJ
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Knee problems
  • Wrist pain
  • Tennis elbow

ART has a 90% success rate in treating these symptoms*.

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At Shephard Health we are Always accepting New Patients!

Call Us at (403) 543-7499 to book your Active Release Technique (ART) appointment today!