Active Release Techniques

What is ART®?

What is Active Release Techniques®?

ART® stands for Active Release Techniques which was founded by Dr.Michael Leahy in California in 1984 after starting his first chiropractic clinic in Los Angeles.  ART® as a soft tissue modality has truly transformed thousands of live since its inception.

First and foremost, Dr.Leahy discovered that the same mechanics that govern an airplane can also exist in the human body. This discovery changed the course of his practice to focus on healing soft-tissue injuries through a hands on approach directed at treating the cause not just the symptoms of soft-tissue injuries.

All while incorporating myofascial techniques he learned that he needed to address all the tissues of the body, when clearly 50% of the benefits dealt with peripheral nerve impingement alone.

In addition to case study after case study, Dr.Leahy saw the full benefit of treating the root cause of an injury versus just the symptoms.

By re-educating neuromuscular tissues and applying specific myofascial techniques, he saw a 90% success rate with all his patients. Many of which at the time were champion athletes.

Without a doubt, ART® can be best described as a dry hands on technique which targets specifics tissues which are no longer able to function at full capacity. A certified ART® provider, (like ME), can palpate tissues and look for the root cause of a problem.

Furthermore, with over 500 ART® specific techniques, there is no shortage of possible routes to take in order to treat a number of soft-tissue injuries.

In Canada, the cost of medical expenditures alone for low back pain are estimated between $6 and $12 billion annually with additional costs associated with the impact on society due to the loss in worker productivity from time off work and the associated disability payments. – Bone and Joint Canada

What are the benefits of Active Release Techniques®?

Since 1984, ART® has saved thousands of people from limited daily functions.

Especially athletes have seen an increase in their overall performance through regular ART® treatments.

More and more research is being done to fully understand the nature of soft-tissues injuries not just in this country, but all over the world.

Evidently repetitive strain injuries cause hundreds of workers to succumb to their injuries and have to take time away from their jobs everyday.

Consequently, in 1990 Dr.Leahy presented his ART®  techniques to a medical doctor of a large occupational clinic. He treated 5 of the worst carpal tunnel syndrome patients that clinic had (all 5 cases were under treatment for a minimum of 2 years).

He was able to resolve all pain in three visits and all 5 patients were able to return to full-time, pain free duties at work. After that, ART® has become the standard of care in Colorado Springs and worldwide.

Due to ART®’s high success rate, the CCIA (Colorado Compensation Insurance Authority), which is like WCB (Workers Compensation Board) here in Alberta, are financing a study to compare ART® with more typical method of care for acute and chronic repetitive strain injuries.

What is ART®?