ART providers are certified through a multi-day course.  Numerous protocols are taught through video, instructor demonstration, hands on practice, and immediate feedback.  Finally, a practical exam is required at the end of the course in order to receive the certification. Providers are certified through the Active Release courses each year.

Active Release Techniques are specific manual therapies where the provider assesses tissue structure, uses a slide and glide pressure, and combines other movements to reduce scar tissue. These techniques help to normalize the function of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, etc. Each session with ART combines assessment and treatment application.

Active Release focuses on reducing tissue adhesion and improving circulation in an effort to help the specific tissue heal.  It also reduces muscle tightness.  WE know that tight muscles are weak muscles.  In turn, abnormal muscle function can cause alignment deviations and pain in other regions of the body.  The objective of active release techniques is to restore normal function of the soft tissues.

All cases are treated on a highly individual basis.  The best results are achieved when the provider remain open to any and all diagnosis/biomechanical causes.  

With consideration of the Active Release Techniques, the treatment approach follows these basic steps: (this is not a one-size-fits-all approach, but rather a basic framework):

  1. History:  Where does the patient feel pain and how much?  What activities does (s)he have difficulty performing?
  2. Function: We will ask the patient to demonstrate the difficult task or activity.  For example, if kicking a soccer ball causes pain, we will ask him or her to mimic this motion in an attempt to gain a better understanding of the quality of movement. 
  3. Physical Therapy Exam:  We will then perform an examination which may include: palpation(tenderness), range of motion, flexibility, strength, and any other special orthopedic tests.
  4. Treatment = Assessment:  Performing the ART allows the clinician to examine the fascia (muscle, tendon, ligament, nerve soft tissue).  If adhesions or other abnormalities are found, the specific structure will be addressed through ART.
  5. Additional Techniques:  The treatment does not stop there – we will include any modalities, joint mobilizations, instrument-assisted soft tissue techniques, patient education, corrective exercise, and/or functional training.

The manual therapy approach via ART is a very effective treatment approach.Please visit the ART website for more detailed information:

(Information for the description was taken from the Active Release website)

ART is offered in our Watertown office.


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