What Is ART (Active Release Technique)?

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system that is movement based.
The technique is used to treat problems that involve the muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.
ART uses the examiners hands to apply the technique. The main goal is to reestablish proper motion between muscles and fascia while reducing fibrous adhesions. Ultimately myofascial (muscle and fascia) and neural (nerves) glide is reestablished allowing for proper function.

The technique can be used on patients with acute, chronic, overuse, repetitive strain injuries and postoperative cases of all types. The number of postoperative cases ART providers see is growing steadily due to the scar tissue development involved in healing.

Who can benefit from ART?

Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar null, knee problems, and tennis elbow are a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and many times permanently with ART. These conditions have an important thing in common; they are often a result of overused muscles.

How is ART different from other soft tissue techniques?

ART® uses movement of the patient to create tension on scar tissue. Every session combines an examination and treatment, which targets the soft tissue that has been injured. ART treats specific muscles, which target the exact area of the scar within each tissue. Unlike massage or other myofascial release techniques, ART® has over 500 specific protocols that treat affected areas of the body.

What is scar tissue and what are its causes?

Scar tissue is dense fibrous material that body creates to connect and bind injured tissue. The problem occurs when that same scar tissue binds to surrounding structures like “glue” which occurs more often than thought. If a nerve runs through a muscle in an area where scar tissue had laid, the nerve can be “pinched”, pulled or entrapped by that adhesion which can cause it to trigger pain. The process can limit motion over-stimulating or overworking healthy tissue, which can also lead to pain and discomfort.

How does overuse/ repetitive stress cause scar tissue?

Overuse or repetitive stress increases the tension in the tissues of the body. Chronic tension applied to the tissue decreases the blood supply, causing the body to form adhesions. (Examples of repetitive stress could be; poor posture, improper exercise form, athletic pursuits, improper ergonomic at the work place.)

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  • Nanimojo

    Where/how do we find an ART practitioner in our own area?

  • go to the active release technique website

  • Hollyhaupt

    This sounds great! I know anyone can benefit from Massage or bodywork depending on what is going on with them.. It really is great to break down the old patterns and scar tissue and Body rolling with small ball is another good way to work it in between massages.. I'd be happy to teach that and I've been doing massage and bodywork and cranial for 32 years.. Holly Haupt 212 255 6354 {lower chelsea area}

  • Brian

    Hi Dr. Lipman,
    I have a knee injury that has lasted over 4 months. I had an MRI and everything seems to be ok and my doctor says its a soft tissue problem. I have tried PT, Active Release Technique and acupuncture. My golf buddies in NYC have been raving about this manual therapist that does a technique called Movement & Posture Restoration. Have you heard anything about this technique? I would love to get your feed back.

  • Geneva miller

    I just started this treatment, my back up and down my spine has many injuries, blown disc, bulging disc, pointed nerves, on and on, Im praying this works, Ive tried everything else, injections, surgery, pain meds, of which Im so tired of taking. I have had 2 treatments, which hurt on some parts, but I have some feeling and movement back in certain areas…..