A.R.T. (Active Release Technique)
A.R.T. is most commonly used to treat conditions related to adhesions or scar tissue in overused muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. As adhesions build up, muscles become shorter and weaker, the motion of muscles and joints are altered, and nerves can be compressed. As a result, tissues suffer from decreased blood supply, pain, and poor mobility.
In an A.R.T. treatment, the provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and mobility of the soft tissue. Using hand pressure, the practitioner works to remove or break up the fibrous adhesions, with stretching motions in the direction of venous and lymphatic flow.