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July 2012

WHAT IS ART® OR ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE® AND HOW CAN IT HELP ME?

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Active Release Technique® is a patented movement based massage technique that can be used as part of a rehabilitation program to effectively treat soft tissue conditions such as headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis or golfer’s elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.  These conditions and many other injuries all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles. Overuse or chronic injuries throughout the body can benefit from this technique.

How does it work? Practitioners will use their hands to assess the quality of the muscle tissue as well as its mobility. They will be looking for areas of tenderness and restriction. ART® helps to break down scar tissue and allows for improved movement, strength and decreased pain.

What does it feel like? The technique involves applying precise pressure and tension to identified areas while using specific patient movements to correct and optimize the surrounding soft-tissues.

Interested? Doctors of Chiropractic, Dr. Philip Knapp, and Dr. Paul Sly, are both full body ART® certified and incorporate this technique into their treatment plans. Call the clinic for a complementary consultation to see how you may benefit from ART®.

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