The Active Release Techniques (ART) Soft-Tissue management system is a new and highly successful approach to injuries of muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments and other soft tissue s. The ART method is based on scientific evidence, that muscles, nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues develop adhesions within, around and between them after acute, repetitive injuries and chronic irritations. Adhesions cause the motion of muscles and joints to be altered and the compression of nerves, resulting in a wide variety of symptoms that characterize the cumulative injury circle and reduction in biomechanical performance.
Example of these injuries – collectively called cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) – include: rotator cuff syndrome, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), carpal tunnel syndrome, runner’s knee (patellofemoral syndrome), chronic low back pain, and whiplash associated disorder. American Federal Statistics show CTDs to have increase 670 percent in the last five years.
The ART Soft-Tissue Management System provides a way to diagnose and treat the underlying cause of CTDs. The Symptoms of CTDs include: tightness, weakness numbness, tingling, burning, and aching. Trained providers are able to diagnose the presence of inflammation and adhesions by examining tissue texture, tension, and movement.
Physicians, chiropractors, osteopaths, physical and occupational therapists, massage therapists and athletic trainers are using ART treatment procedures successfully. Worker’s compensation organizations (Colorado Division of Labour has made ART the standard of care for CTDs prior to any surgical intervention), professional and amateur athletic programs, and world-class athletes recognize the ART system as a successful way of treating and managing soft-tissue injuries.
Our clinic has had great success in treating numerous soft tissue injuries, racing from the resolution of pain and weakness from carpal tunnel syndrome and calf muscle tears, to the restoration of full range of motion without pain in chronic shoulder and neck injuries.