Active Release Technique was developed nearly 30 years ago by Dr. P. Michael Leahy. Dr. Leahy used the technique as a way to treat soft tissue injuries for elite athletes in order to return them to peak performance as quickly as possible.
Due to its efficiency and long-term benefits, ART has become regarded as one of the top techniques in managing soft tissue injuries for all active persons on any level. Up to date, there are more than 10,000 trained providers in this technique.
The main purpose of ART is to restore unimpeded motion of affected soft tissues. ART focuses primarily on relieving the tension built-up in soft tissue (muscles, ligaments and tendons).
Active Release Technique (ART) has a variety of benefits including:
- Restoring unimpeded motion of affected soft tissues
- Releasing scar tissue or adhesions in the muscle and/or fascia (the smooth connective tissue covering of a muscle) that has accumulated over time
Adhesions prevent normal and smooth movement of the muscles and tissues. They can cause a number of problems such as chronic inflammation, low oxygen supply to the muscles, pain, swelling and joint stress.
With the release of adhesions or muscle tightness, normal pain-free motion can be restored leading to increased function!
It is important to note that ART treatment is not the same for every patient. The DOC physical therapist will first determine if you are a candidate for ART. If you are, the PT will then devise a treatment plan specifically for you!