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 also to get 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. The scar tissue formation can be due to acute injuries (like a pulled hamstring), repetitive injuries (like shin splints or tendonitis), chronic tension which deprives the muscles of bloodflow and oxygen (like stress) and many other causes such as 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 to move freely. 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 in which their technique is evaluated and they are updated on the latest protocol.
Dr. Jeremy L. Jessop is Master Certified in ART and has been practicing Active Release Technique for nine years. 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.
Dr. Larry T Davis is Master Certified in ART and a certified Medical Provider by the Titleist Performance Institute. He has been practicing in the Memphis area for 29 years. He works with golfers of all levels from PGA tour players to weekend golfers. He also works with triathletes, marathoners and athletes of all sports and all ages.