Active Release Technique (ART)

What is ART (Active Release Techniques)?

ART is a movement based massage technique that utilizes specific patient movements to lengthen muscles, tendons, fascia, and release nerve entrapments. This technique restores muscle length, stretchiness, strength, and function. The technique is so effective that many professional sports teams utilize ART practitioners to increase speed of recovery and keep their athletes at peak performance.

Active Release Technique is a patented soft tissue mobilization technique. ART is used to break up scar tissue and adhesions that build up in muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. This technique also helps free nerves that become entrapped. As muscles and tendons accumulate scar tissue they become shorter, weaker, and have less ability flexibility. ART treatment breaks up scar tissue and lengthens soft tissues. It is normal to find after an ART treatment that the muscles being treated become stronger and more flexible. The concept of ART is very simple. ART practitioners treat soft tissues by shortening the affected muscle/tendon. The practitioner places a contact tension into the affected tissue and the tissue is lengthened utilizing patient movements. The soft tissues are always motioned from a shortened position to a lengthened position. This technique helps restore normal function and relieve pain. ART is only performed by licensed providers who have extensive post graduate training and have passed the required Active Release Technique examinations.

What conditions can be treated successfully with ART?

Some common conditions treated successfully with ART are: headaches, neck pain, shoulder conditions (frozen shoulder, partial rotator cuff tears, tendonitis, thoracic outlet syndrome), wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome), elbow/forearm pain (tennis elbow, golfers elbow), whiplash injuries, back pain, sciatica, hip pain, knee pain, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Any injury where there is a soft tissue component such as myofascitis.

A more in-depth review of ART:

If you’re an athlete, a person in pain, or an individual that does a lot of activities that require repetitive motion, ART treatment may be beneficial to you.Roughly 75% of the general population has some form of soft tissue injury.Overused muscles and soft tissues become damaged in three important ways.The first is an acute injury, which is caused by sudden trauma such as a fall, twist, blow to the body, pull, tear, collision, etc.Many athletes will experience acute injuries.The second way soft tissues can become damaged is through accumulation of numerous small/microscopic tears (Microtrauma).Most people in the general population have these injuries.A good example of a person who likely has microtrauma is a someone who works behind a computer or someone who does a lot of repetitive motion activities.The third way that soft tissues can become injured is through hypoxia (soft tissues not getting enough oxygen).

Each of the mechanisms of injury listed above cause the body to create thick, dense, tough scar tissue to accumulate in the affected tissues.This fibrotic scar tissue builds up and restricts the movement of soft tissues that need to move freely.As this scar tissue accumulates, muscles become shorter, weaker, and muscles/tendons lose their elasticity (stretch ability).This essentially causes muscles/tendons to act as ropes as opposed to rubber bands.As tension increases on tendons and muscles, this increases the pressure and tension on the attachment sites to the bones.This increased pressure and decreased elasticity can cause tendonitis (tennis elbow, golfers elbow) and nerves can eventually become entrapped causing numbness, tingling and weakness (i.e. Carpal tunnel).This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, loss of sensation, and pain or discomfort.

Active Release Techniques (ART) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique.It is the gold standard in soft tissue mobilization techniques.ART successfully treats problems with tendons, ligaments, muscles, fascia, and nerves.ART works wonders with headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain or frozen shoulder, back pain, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, carpal tunnel, sciatica, knee pain, shin splints, achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis are just a few of the many conditions that ART treatment can resolve quickly.These conditions all have one thing in common:They are often the result of overused muscles which have caused soft tissue injury.ART is so effective that many teams and individual athletes across the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, PGA Tour, and Ironman utilize ART providers to increase their athlete’s performance and expedite healing.

Dr. Stefan Stoebe has extensive post graduate training and has been trained directly by Dr. P. Michael Leahy (Developer of ART) as well as numerous professional sports team doctors such as chiropractors from the Chicago Blackhawks, Kansas City Chiefs, and Denver Broncos to name a few.Dr. Stefan has been certified to provide ART treatment in upper extremity, lower extremity, full spine and nerve entrapment protocols.Dr. Stefan is full body certified with ART and was a member of the ART Ironman treatment team in 2015.He has had great success treating athletes, weekend warriors, Ironman athletes, and individuals working in careers that require repetitive motion activities.If you’re interested in feeling better quickly, or possibly improving your athletic performance.Make an appointment to see Dr. Stefan Stoebe at Hjort Chiropractic.You can learn more about ART at learn more about other therapies offered, please visit our website at can contact Hjort Chiropractic to set up your appointment at 320-251-3450 or can reach Dr. Stefan via E-mail at [email protected].

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