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If you have ever been to an Ironman event, you may have seen the lines formed at the Active Release Techniques (ART) tent. Athletes are eager to address all the aches and pains associated with endurance sport training and attain that last minute competitive edge that a precision soft tissue treatment like ART can offer. You may have also seen ART being performed on the sidelines of many NFL games as well as in the locker rooms at many NBA, NHL, MBA, and PGA events.

ART is a patented, movement based soft tissue treatment that addresses many common problems such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems and many other conditions. Most problems can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. The technique has gained its reputation among elite athletes because of its effectiveness and its consistency.

The Technique is simple in theory. It addresses the scar tissue that forms when muscles are over-used or abused. This scar tissue formation can be due to acute injuries (such as a pulled hamstring), repetitive injuries (such as shin splints or tendonitis), chronic tension which deprives the muscles of blood flow and oxygen (such as stress) and many other causes, including surgery. All of these cause the body to form dense scar tissue in the affected areas which can bind up and tie down other tissues that need freedom to move.  As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become entrapped. All of this can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain.

Treatment with ART consists of the provider using his hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movements of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. There are over 500 specific protocols unique to ART. Properly certified ART practitioners have invested a great deal of time and effort to learn ART and it takes years to develop an advanced “feel” for detecting problems within the muscles.

The ART organization keeps the technique consistent and effective by requiring certified practitioners to recertify yearly, evaluating their technique and keeping practitioners updated on the latest protocol.

Dr. Jeremy L. Jessop is Master Certified in ART and has been practicing Active Release Technique since 2005. He has helped many professional athletes and weekend warriors. He has also helped many corporations reduce on the job injuries utilizing ART. He is an avid cyclist, runner, and triathlete.