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Soft tissue injuries are common especially with athletes and people who lead active lifestyles. These injuries pertain to traumas in the tendons, muscles, ligaments, and fascia. One of the ways to treat soft tissue injuries is to use the active release technique (ART), a patented movement based technique that can treat issues affecting the soft tissues and nerves. ART can resolve many different problems including knee pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis, back pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. It can quickly and permanently resolve headaches, shin splints, and tennis elbow, too.

ART was developed, patented, and refined by Dr. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP upon observing that the symptoms exhibited by his patients were linked to changes in their overused soft tissues because of:


Pulls, collisions, tears, etc. (acute conditions) Micro-trauma (when small tears accumulate)Hypoxia (when muscles and tissues don't receive enough oxygen)

Due to these changes, your body starts to develop dense and tough scar tissue in affected areas. Tissues that usually move freely are restricted in terms of movement as the scar tissue ties down and binds them up. As scar tissue accumulates, your muscles become weaker and shorter, tension develops on your tendons (resulting in tendinosis), and your nerves are trapped. Hence, you start to experience reduced range of motion, pain, and loss of strength, and weakness, numbness, and tingling.

The revolutionary active release technique is proven helpful for injuries that occur due to overused muscles. Dr. Leahy observed how tendons, fascia, nerves, ligaments, and muscles responded to different kinds of work and was able to resolve more than 90 percent of his patients' injuries.

If you want to try the active release technique, be sure to seek a specialist who has been trained and certified to provide the treatment. ART is combined with the examination in every session. An ART specialist uses his or her hands to examine the tightness, movement, and texture of fascia, muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons. Precise directed tension is combined with specific patient movements to treat abnormal tissues.

There are more than 500 specific moves used in the treatment protocols unique to active release technique. The treatment protocols enable the ART practitioner to identify and correct a particular problem on each patient. Unlike other types of treatment, the active release technique is not a cookie-cutter approach, it is more personalised. You are treated according to your unique condition and needs.

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