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.
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