Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) is a soft tissue technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia (connective tissue), and nerves.
The musculoskeletal conditions that can benefit from A.R.T. are frequently the result of overused muscles, causing muscle spasm, scar tissue and eventual loss of function in that area.
During an A.R.T. treatment, the patient actively moves the affected structure (muscle or ligament) while the practitioner presses or maintains contact on the injured area. This allows the practitioner to feel the structure as it moves under their contact, and to effectively treat those restricted muscles, tendons, or ligaments.
Individuals who may benefit from A.R.T. include athletes, both recreational and professional, chronic pain sufferers with symptoms mimicking an overuse syndrome and anyone else who has not been able to find relief through conventional therapies.