What is Active Release Techniques (ART)
ART is a patented system of soft tissue treatment. It is considered to be the GOLD Standard in the treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, TMJ, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
Each treatment with ART consists of Dr. Haupt using her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of the tissues. The abnormal tissue is treated by providing precisely directed tension on the tissue together with very specific movements by the patient. There are over 500 specific moves (treatment protocols), unique to ART. The protocols allow Dr. Haupt to identify and correct the specific cause of each patient’s problem. This is definitely NOT a one size fits all treatment!
How do overuse conditions occur?
Over-used muscles change by 3 mechanisms.
- Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collision, injury)
- Micro-Trauma (accumulation of small tears due to repetitive motions)
- Hypoxia (lack of oxygen due to repetitive small amplitude movements or constant muscle tension)
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down 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 trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
It is very common to see most soft tissue injuries significantly improve or resolve within few visits. A perceivable improvement in function (nerve and muscle) and movement can often be accomplished during the first visit.