Active Release Technique® (ART)

Lawrence, KS | Midwest Muscle & Joint Clinic

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What is Active Release Technique®(ART)?

Active Release Technique® is the gold standard for manual therapy in Lawrence, KS. It is utilized by not only Chiropractors, but also Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists, Athletic Trainers, and other licensed professionals. ART® helps treat numerous conditions associated with muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia and nerves.

  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • And many more

What’s important to note about these conditions is that they often have one thing in common: muscle injury due to overuse. That said, these conditions can be resolved fairly quickly with ART®, along with chiropractic care and corrective exercises.

What are overuse conditions?

Whether you realize it or not, our bodies are constantly under some sort of mechanical stress, which eventually could lead to injuries! Mechanical stress can build up while sitting at work, using poor posture and sports technique, after a car accident, or maybe not enough rest between workouts.

When overuse injuries occur, they typically lead to pain, reduced range of motion, and loss of strength. In a worst-case scenario this can also compromise neurodynamics (nerve entrapments), leading to radiating symptoms, numbness, tingling, and weakness.

What is an ART® treatment like?

Each appointment is actually a combination of assessment and treatment. At Midwest Muscle & Joint Clinic the Active Release Technique® providers use his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Once the abnormal tissue findings have been located, the doctors will apply a strong pressure with a specific movement to help relieve tension.

Other F.A.Q.

“Does insurance cover ART®?”

Yes! - That is if the physicians deem it medically necessary. For recovery and performance services, give us a call to discuss payment options.

“Does ART® hurt?”

Nope! - Remember the doctors will be putting you through an active range of motion. With the added tension this may elicit a “hurts-so-good” pain response.

“Will it leave a mark?”

Depending on the severity of the injury and the location of the condition, it may cause some temporary redness or, more rarely, mild bruising.