Active Release Techniques

Active Release Technique (ART) is a state of the art soft tissue massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerve pain, and fascia. This technique is patented and proven to help patients heal and release over-used muscles.

The Purpose of Active Release Technique

ARTworks to relieve tissue tension that has developed as a result of overused muscles. As tissues are exposed to overuse or tension, trauma can occur in the tissue and cause swelling, fibrosis, and adhesions. ART works to remove these effects and restore the muscle tissue back to its normal state.

ART is used for three key purposes:

  1. To restore free motion of all soft tissues.
  2. Release entrapped or pressure nerves, vasculature, and lymphatics.
  3. Establish function and resilience of soft tissues.

Symptoms Solved with Active Release Technique

Many patients that have found success from ART have had the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Knee pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Muscular weakness
  • Numbness
  • Aching
  • Tingling
  • Burning sensations

What is Active Release Technique treatment like?

Every session is a combination of both examination and actual massage technique. The medical professional will use their hands to gently evaluate the tightness, pain, and movement of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Through examination, the professional can then incorporate the proper massages that will help your body relax, release, and relieve pain.

The Benefits of Active Release Techniques

There are five key areas in which ART can help your body.

  1. Flexibility – through ART, your muscles will be restored to a fuller range of motion.
  2. Injury Prevention – ART will help to heal your muscles through the release of tension. And by increasing flexibility, you will then prevent injuries.
  3. Strength – ART will give your muscles the ability to handle weight and movements that would normally be restrictive.
  4. Balance – through ART and exercises, your body will increase its ability to react appropriately and improve agility and endurance.
  5. Cardiovascular – lack of oxygen and poor circulation are common with muscle strain and injuries. ART will help to improve blood flow and oxygen delivery throughout the body.

The History of Active Release Techniques

ART was developed and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy first developed ART when he noted the impact that many of his patients’ symptoms and pain seemed to be relieved by soft tissue massage work. In observing how muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments responded to the massage techniques, Dr. Leahy was able to resolve near 90% of his patients’ symptoms.

To Schedule Active Release Techniques

Dr. Curtis Smith has been practicing chiropractic in Tulsa for over 30 years and has been using active release techniques and spinal adjustments to relieve pain.

To schedule a treatment with Dr. Smith, please call the office at 918-836-6454 or fill out the form below.