What Should I Know Before My ART Treatment?



A.R.T. can be effective in many long-standing, difficult cases where traditional therapies have had mixed results. It is very helpful where adhesions have entrapped nerves such as in carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica and headaches.

A.R.T. can help in acute injuries by working the surrounding tissues to lessen the stress on the injury itself. In later stages the injury site can be worked to maximize the quality of the stabilizing scar tissue and minimize the overproduction of scar tissue.

A.R.T. is also important for joint conditions. Adhesions can limit the muscle's ability to lengthen which can alter the biomechanics of the joint. This can lead to decreased mobility of the joint or abnormal motion which, in turn, can cause wear and tear on the joint. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Back Pain and Sciatica
  • Headaches and Neck Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Rotator Cuff Problems
  • Runner's Knee and Shin Splints
  • Strains and Sprains
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Bursitis
  • Frozen Shoulder and Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Strength Imbalances
  • Poor Flexibility and Poor Posture
  • Chronic Muscle or Joint Pain and Stiffness

+ What to expect from an A.R.T. treatment program?

Active Release Therapy is a non-invasive technique that has virtually no side effects and comes with a record of very good results. However, it is not a magic bullet or cure-all, correct diagnosis of soft tissue injury is essential for effective treatment, so you are carefully evaluated, assessing your movements, and the site of injury area and its surrounding tissues. After the injury has been evaluated, it is treated manually. The most common method is to move the tissue through a full range of motion while applying manual force along the scar tissue.

A treatment session typically lasts about 10-15 minutes per area treated. In many cases the problem is fixed, or significant improvement is seen, in five to six treatments. If significant resolution is not seen by this time, further investigation may be advised and A.R.T. may not be of benefit. The treatments can be uncomfortable, but is a pleasant discomfort when done properly.

+ Is A.R.T done on its own or combined with other therapy?

A.R.T. is usually a very effective treatment on its own. However it can be combined with other types of treatment that contribute to optimal joint function. Acupuncture and joint manipulation is often used in combination with A.R.T. (especially with spinal conditions). As well, rehabilitative exercises to improve strength and flexibility are usually necessary.

+ Will my condition or problem return after treatment?

Usually, the changes made with treatments are permanent, but ultimately the answer depends on the patient compliance with recommendations for after care. "If you keep doing what you're doing, you keep getting what you're getting". This is true for those with repetitive strain injuries (RSI) or cumulative trauma injuries. To not alter the patterns that got you injured in the first place will only cause the problem to recur. An important part of A.R.T. treatments is the therapist’s recommendations to activity modification, stretching and exercises. Each individual is expected to commit to the suggestions for the best results.

+ How does A.R.T. Improve performance?

Performance in any daily activity or sporting event can be improved significantly with ART® by restoring proper muscle function and movement patterns. This type of treatment is just as useful in maintaining good muscle and joint mechanics as it is in reducing pain levels. Reducing the number of adhesions between tissues increases the efficiency and endurance of these tissues, and hence performance. Combining tissue restoration with muscular re-patterning is the key to consistent performance. Sport-specific exercise programs created for you by our ONE80 HEALTH team will assure the improvements from the treatment are sustained in your sporting event.