Active Release Techniques, or ART, is a type of massage therapy used to treat a wide variety of soft tissue and repetitive-motion injuries that havent responded well to other forms of sports therapy. For this reason, ART is most commonly performed on professional and serious athletes who suffer from associated spor injuries, sports related trauma, or overuse of a muscle. Many athletes who go to a sports medicine practitioner with complaints of numbness, tingling, burning or aching muscles will be recommended for ART. The therapy is also often performed on those whose job may put repetitive strain on the joints and muscles of the body.
When ART massage therapy is performed, the chiropractic doctor applies hands-on pressure in order to find the injured area. During the ART massage, the massage therapist will use their hands to examine the texture, tightness, and range of movement of your muscle tissue by feeling the filaments, tendons and ligaments for tears or breaks.