ANDREW FOSTER
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Active Release Techniques (ART)

July 8, 2017

Active Release Techniques (ART):  A short term time investment to get you back onto the long term road to health!

 

As an RMT, one of the areas that I practice is Active Release Techniques (ART), which is of particular benefit to athletes suffering from sports related injury.

 

 

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Sports injuries, 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.

 

ART was developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients’ 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 patients’ problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART.

 

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 tendinitis, 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. I first 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. It allows me to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach. A typical ART treatment is booked in 15 minute increments.  A short term time investment to get you back onto the long term road to health!

 

Additional Information

My rates:  $40 for 15 minutes; $80 for $30 minutes

 

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