What is Active Release Technique?
Active Release Technique, sometimes referred to as ART, was created and patented by Dr. P. Michael Leahy and is credited with resolving over 90% of his patients problems.
In order to use ART, healthcare practitioners must be willing to make an investment of time to learn over five hundred treatment movements that encompass ART. In addition, healthcare practitioners must be able to get a feeling for tissues, their textures and the way they move in relation to each other.
How to Perform ART
While the premise for treatment is straightforward, it’s not an easy task. The aim of the healthcare practitioner who is trained in ART is to shorten the injured tissue, apply a contact tension to the tissue and lengthen it to make it slide in concert with the adjacent tissue.
During an ART treatment, Dr. Shaddock will perform an examination by using his hands to evaluate how the muscles, tendons, nerves, fascia, and ligaments feel and move. Then, the abnormal tissues are treated by using directed tension while the patient moves in a very specific, directed way.