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Overused Muscles? Try Active Release Techniques® (ART)

What is Active Release Techniques (ART)?

ART is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system/movement-based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

Overuse can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and
pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

Every ART 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.

ART was developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. He now teaches and certifies healthcare providers all over the world to use ART.

ART is provided locally by Ed Hemberger, a certified Structural Integration specialist, who also practices Muscle Release Therapy and Neuromuscular Therapy. Formerly a massage therapist for several U.S. Olympic squads, he has also worked with local sports franchises and has trained under Dr. Thomas Findley. For more information, visit HembergerStructuralIntegration.com

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