Active Release Technique (ART)

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Refit Physical Restoration is dedicated towards offering our Jersey City patients the very best leading technologies.

Contact us to learn more about how Active Release Techniques (ART) can help your soft tissue injuries or damage.

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What is Active Release Technique?

Considered one of the premium choices for soft tissue treatment, Active Release Technique was designed by Dr. Michael Leahy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His goal was to develop a treatment modality that effectively alleviated soft tissue problems that were not being addressed by traditional protocols.

ART aims to restore function, movement, and texture in soft tissues and also release any nerves or blood vessels that have become entrapped. Specific protocols are applied to remove soft tissue adhesions or fibrosis that occurs after an acute injury, overuse, and excessive pressure or tension. Your Refit Physical Restoration is a credentialed provider for ART and we are happy to offer this revolutionary treatment to our patients.

Is the Active Release Technique the same as massage?

Active Release Technique may closely resemble massage, but this treatment method is so much more than that. While massage therapy works well as a complement to ART, massage kneads at adhesions which can be quite painful to patients. ART incorporates light, gentle touch in conjunction with lengthening the affected muscle groups to apply greater tension to the scar tissue. As a result, the adhesions break up and pain is greatly alleviated.

What conditions can Active Release Technique treat?

An assortment of conditions may be treated by utilizing ART. Disorders and injuries throughout the body may be largely improved with ART. These may include:

  • achilles tendonitis
  • back pain or injuries
  • bursitis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • foot pain
  • golf injuries
  • headaches
  • knee pain
  • leg pain
  • whiplash
  • sports injuries
  • rotator cuff injuries


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