ART (Active Release Techniques) is a patented soft tissue system/movement based massage technique dealing with fibrotic tissue adhesions that cause pain and restricts normal motion between soft tissue structures. When tissue (often muscle) is misused, overused or injured, adhesions (fibrous bands) and scar tissue can develop between and within muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.
Dr. Cory Hewko performs ART as part of the chiropractic treatments. If you wish to just have ART done, please let the doctor know on the first visit. We will never do anything that you are uncomfortable with.
Headaches, back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, rotator cuff injuries, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, pinched nerves and tennis/golfers elbow are just a few of the many conditions that may be resolved with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles. Muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues develop adhesions within, around and/or between them after acute or repetitive motion injuries. Adhesions cause altered function of muscles and joints resulting in a wide variety of symptoms that characterize the cumulative injury cycle. The cumulative injury cycle can be started in three ways: acute injury, repetitive motion injury, and/or constant pressure or tension injury. Left uncorrected the injuries can lead to chronic inflammation, adhesion/fibrosis, weak and tense tissues, and decreased circulation to the tissues involved.
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.
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.
ART has been 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.
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