ART has many benefits, from treating joint issues related to a soft tissue injury to improving sports performance

What is Active Release Technique (ART)?

Active Release Technique (ART) is an effective, movement based manual therapy treatment used to treat soft tissue injuries. Physical therapists that are certified in ART use this hands-on technique to help break up and remodel scar tissue to improve range of motion and decrease pain. ART is based on scientific evidence that adhesions between the muscles and other connective tissues can develop as a result of injury, causing the motion of muscles or joints to be altered resulting in symptoms that include: pain, weakness, reduced range of motion, and numbness and tingling.


Patients with a wide variety of symptoms related to chronic pain, muscle spasm or scar tissue buildup may benefit from ART. In addition, ART can be used to improve sports performance with tasks such a golf, running, and walking.

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