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    Active Release Techniques

    What is Active Release Technique (ART)?

    ART is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

    How do overuse conditions occur?

    Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

    acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
    accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
    not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).
    Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

    What is an ART treatment like?

    Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

    These treatment protocols - over 500 specific moves - are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.

    What is the history of Active Release Techniques?

    ART has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patientsí symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patientsí problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART.

    If your injured, have any pain, or just need better range of motion you need this done. Its helped me out so much. After going to treatments over time ive learned how to to it on my self, but only in places where i can release th musle with my fingures like my pecs, shoulder,neck, quads.

    Say if u got discomfort in your peck this is how you would perfrom ART. Take your pec form a shortened position to a streched position. Just before you are finished the streched range of motion push with your thumb or finger on the tender spots. Move all around the pec area just dont stay on on spot. The movement should take about 3 sec. Do the left pec with about 20 reps the switch to the right. And repeat. The pain your feel is a good pain. Fight through it, ull love the benefits.

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    Um... doesn't everyone do this (stretch and press on tender spots)? I thought it was instinctive.
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    Great, informative post.

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    It definitely works. That's why I thought it was instinctive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShockBoxer
    Um... doesn't everyone do this (stretch and press on tender spots)? I thought it was instinctive.
    ART and stretching are two very different things.

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    yes very different. Stretching is basically a waste of time if u dont release the scar tissue. Once u get ART done to release the muscle do static streches after that. It feels alot different, you can stretch alot further and it will benefit u more.

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    Just had some done this past Wednesday. It works wonders. I'm back in this coming Tuesday.
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    I go tomorro. Looking forward to it.

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    So I'm looking to go get some ART done- what's the standard cost for something like this?
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