Active Release Techniques

art_logoART is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, 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 often result from injury to over-used muscles.

Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.

Before selecting an ART provider, look into how long they have been practicing ART and how many certifications in ART they hold. You can find that information here.

Testimonials for ART

  • “The practice of Active Release Technique, founded and patented by Dr. Leahy, is recognized by many world class athletes (myself included) as the best form of soft tissue treatment in the world today.”

    Eli Bremer

    2007 Pan American Games Pentathlon Gold Medalist
  • "A.R.T. has helped me reach the top of my sport by treating my injuries more effectively than any other treatment."

    Chryste Gaines

    Olympic Gold Medalist - 4x100 meter
  • “ART is fast and is especially effective for pain and stiffness in the lower back, shoulders, and elbows, as well as for carpal tunnel syndrome.”

    Men’s Journal 2003

    Fitness Magazine
  • “The NFL, NHL, and MLB have begun contracting ART practitioners to keep players healthy.”

    Runner’s World 2004

    Running Magazine
  • “ART seems fast, safe, and remarkably effective for injuries to muscles and connective tissues.”

    Men’s Heath 1999

    Fitness Magazine
  • “…compared with similar studies in the literature (ART) was superior.”

    Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 1999

    Medical Journal
  • “ART is nothing short of amazing. I don't think there's an athlete anywhere who couldn't benefit from it.”

    Muscle Media 2000, 1998

    Fitness Magazine
  • "...Seeing is believing, even for an M.D. like Dr. Bill Ross (sports medicine specialist at St. Francis Memorial in San Francisco). 'I know what works... ART is more effective for chronic inflammation than any other treatment available — and often a complete cure.'"

    Runner’s World, “The ART of Healing”, September ’04

    Running Magazine
  • “I suffer from plantar fasciitis. I began using ART in 1998 and found something that actually helped. It works quickly and effectively.”

    Marla Runyon

    5000M U.S. Champion