A.R.T. is a hands-on-therapy designed to restore the normal texture and tension to soft tissue structures, allowing full function and actions once corrected. Muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerve entrapment sites are the soft tissues A.R.T. works on. A.R.T. is used to break down scar tissue and adhesions that form within or between these soft tissues. This revolutionary application of therapy can be applied to spine, upper, and lower extremity complaints only by a credentialed provider of Active Release Techniques. The provider of A.R.T. uses his knowledge of anatomy, neurology, and biomechanics to correctly diagnose and treat injuries presenting for their care.
What attracts so many professional athletes and weekend warriors to A.R.T. is the quick results obtained without surgery. As well as being used on professional athletes, A.R.T. is also a very effective treatment for office workers, laborers, housewives, and youth athletes, as well as others. What these people all have in common is altered movement patterns, but their mechanism or cause is different.
Conservative treatments such as A.R.T. should be explored before a person has decided they can not be helped for their given condition.