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Active Release Technique

Active Release Technique (ART) focuses on reducing myofascia associated with pain syndromes, loss of strength, and reduced mobility through releasing scar tissue and thickened states of tissues surrounding muscles and organs.


Active Release Technique was developed in 1984 by a chiropractor, Michael Leah, DC, based on his experience treating repetitive-motion injuries and their related production of oxygen-deprived scar tissue. It was formalized as a method and trademarked in 1988.


Active Release Technique practitioners use palpation to look for unevenness or unusual patterns in the texture, tightness, and movement of muscles and fascia.

Practitioners use varying levels of pressure with their thumbs or fingers on or around tissue abnormalities, while clients perform actions and movements (specific to myofascial release) as instructed by the practitioner.

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Active Release Technique conditions are often linked to acute conditions or traumas (e.g. pulls, tears, or collision with or from external objects, or repetitive motion/strain injuries). 


A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.


An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.