"What is ART (Active Release Technique)" - our RMT Kelly Thomas answers one of the the questions submitted by our clients.

Kelly: Do you have a job or hobby that requires you to do the same motion over and over again, causing you pain and tension? Do you have an old injury that never fully healed? Has your stretching, exercise program or athletic performance plateaued? Sometimes after an injury, frequent repetitive movements or years of poor posture, muscles can become "stuck" to each other and surrounding tissues. This can lead to reduced mobility, poor circulation and pain. Fortunately, there's a treatment technique that can accelerate your progress and get you back to proper functioning: Active Release!  

ART (Active Release Technique) is a soft tissue treatment method that breaks up adhesions and increases tissue mobility.

In other words, ART works on muscles, tendons, fascia and nerves to break up scar tissue and allow tissues to glide over each other more smoothly. This results in better mobility, increased circulation, and decreased pain.

ART is most commonly used by chiropractors and physiotherapists, but increasingly by massage therapists as well. The technique is very anatomically specific, meaning each movement targets only one or two tissues at a time. ART can be used as a treatment method all on its own or incorporated into a traditional massage.

How is ART different from a regular massage? Even though massage and ART both work on soft tissues, there are important differences between the two:
  • ART does not glide over the skin and no oil or lotion is used
  • ART is based on precise contact and tension, rather than compression of tissues
  • In an ART treatment, the client is actively involved, moving body parts and positions as needed
  • In an ART treatment, the client wears comfortable clothing such as shorts and a t-shirt

Who would benefit from an ART treatment? ART is used to treat a variety of conditions such as plantar fasciitis, sprained ankles, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, tennis elbow and thoracic outlet syndrome. Anyone with persistent pain, decreased mobility, or new or old injuries would benefit from an ART consultation.

Kelly Thomas is certified in ART (Active Release Technique), an advanced treatment method used in diagnosing and resolving soft tissue injuries including repetitive strains, excess scar tissue, nerve compression, tissue hypoxia and joint dysfunction. ART efficiently addresses the root of the problem and is helpful in treating both acute and chronic injuries.
You can book your appointments with Kelly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.