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What is Active Release Techniques (ART)?

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…And How Can It Benefit You?

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement-based massage technique 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 are often a result of overused muscles.

How do overuse conditions occur?

As difficult as it may be to admit, at times we overuse our bodies, especially at work or play. Overused muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  • Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.)
  • Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)

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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.

What is an ART treatment like?

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 five hundred specific moves—are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.

Dr. Taylor is a full body certified Active Release Techniques (ART) practitioner.  Dr. Taylor was attracted to the idea behind ART for two reasons: 1) the significant number of overuse injuries she was seeing in clinical settings and 2) her love of sports.  In short, Dr. Taylor’s ART training allows her to identify abnormal-functioning soft tissues and treat the problem by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.  In specific terms, ART calls these identifications and movements protocols. Dr. Taylor has learned the over five hundred protocols associated with ART, thus demonstrating that ART can bring about real benefits and results to the active athlete and “weekend warrior” alike.

For additional information, visit the ART website at

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