What is Active Release Treatment?

Most people have not heard about ART®, however it is used widely throughout professional sports. Nearly all NFL, NHL, and NBA teams have an ART® provider for their players. Many Olympic medalists and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and Ironman competitors have also used ART® to enhance their performance, as well as decrease pain from previous injuries and over-training. In fact, ART® is the Official Ironman Soft Tissue Massage partner. If it works for the people who put their bodies to the test everyday, it will most likely work for you.


Active Release Technique (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 Active Release Technique. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.


What is an ART treatment like?     

Every Active Release Technique 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.


How do I get Started?

Contact our office (812) 482-4269 to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Hardings or Dr. Smith to assess your individual situation. Medical Evaluation and Diagnostic testing procedures should be performed prior to beginning any treatment in order to determine the most effective process. After carefully studying your case history and exam findings, the doctor will explain the recommended plan of action for you. After answering any questions you may have about the recommended plan, you may begin your care.


Note: If you are receiving Active Release care or RockTaping services please wear loose fitting clothes. Shorts, Sweat/Track pants, and Yoga pants are recommended.



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