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Active Release Technique (ART)

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Active Release Technique (ART)


Active Release Technique® is an internationally known and patented soft tissue movement system that is used to treat muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. ART is commonly used in the professional sporting world and among Ironman Triathletes. Every day we use our muscles they break down and repair overnight with proper rest, hydration and nutrition. In cases of overuse or injury of muscles or any soft tissue there is excess inflammation that occurs. This inflammation leads to scar tissue in the form of adhesions or ‘knots’ in the muscle or affected area. When a tissue has adhesions in it they cannot move easily therefore become weakened. ART is a proven technique to remove, soften and mobilize these adhesions in a safe and lasting way.


"Improved Shoulder mechanics for pain free training"

Jackson Buskirk

Moravian College

What does ART feel like?


Active Release is performed by certified ART providers who have studied extensively the anatomy and physiology of soft tissue. ART providers know every muscle in the body and where it attaches and what it’s action is. It is this knowledge that allows them to safely detect the area in need of mobilization by careful examination by using there hands to palpate the tissue. They are trained to feel the difference between normal and abnormal tissue. The procedure itself involves gentle but firm pressure near the adhesion while the affected muscle is being stretched in a comfortable manner. ART should always be performed to the patient’s comfort level. It can feel like a deep stretch with a mild burning sensation as blood is being restored throughout the area.

Guy with back lower pain

What conditions can be treated with ART?


ART can be used to treat general tightness and stiffness in the body but specific conditions have been helped by the use of ART in their treatment program. The following list is a few examples of conditions ART can help. Please note there may be many others. It is best to contact your ART provider to discuss what may be appropriate.

  • Rotator Cuff injury

  • ITB/ Ilio-tibial Band Syndrome

  • Runner’s knee

  • Golfer’s elbow

  • Tennis elbow

  • Ankle sprains

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Hip Bursitis

  • Nerve Impingement

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