Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.)

Drs. Paul Bowen and Will Cornett are both Full Body Certified in Active Release Techniques.

Active Release Technique is the gold standard in soft tissue healthcare. It is a soft tissue process that systematically treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. These conditions all have one important thing in common; they are often a result of overuse.

Below you’ll find a list of a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.

  1. Headaches
  2. Back Pain
  3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  4. Shoulder Pain
  5. Sciatica
  6. Shin Splints
  7. Plantar Fasciitis
  8. Knee Problems
  9. IT Band Syndrome
  10. Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow

Why Get Active Release Techniques?

The adhesion, or scar tissue, should be reduced for many reasons. Adhesions limit blood flow to the structure, shorten the muscle and decrease the function of the structure. This can cause pain, weakness and sometimes numbness if the adhesion is putting pressure on a nerve.

An adhesion can develop 3 ways:

  • Acute injury (trauma)
  • Overuse (repetitive motion injury)
  • Constant pressure/tension for an extended periods (poor posture)

What is an ART treatment like?

Every Active Release Technique treatment session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.

What is the difference between Level 1 and Level 2 ART?

Level 1 Certified providers are able to address problems within one structure. Level 2 providers are able to address soft tissues injuries between two adjacent structures.