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.