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ART Therapy – Active Release Techniques


There is a growing number of people benefiting from the treatment therapy called ART®. ART® stands for Active Release Technique – it is a patented state of the art methodology used to treat problems with soft tissue such as muscle, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Common conditions treated include: headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow to name a few. ART® can be beneficial for people with soft scar tissue problems. This type of therapy is non-invasive, quick, improves range of motion and flexibility. It is a pressure point, movement based treatment that targets the specific muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves affected.


It has been widely and successfully used in the sporting community by such athletes as Peyton Manning, Donovan Bailey and Gary Roberts. Many ART® providers are utilized in treatment teams for all leagues in professional sports, Ironman triathlons and the Olympics but ART® is helpful for everyone, not just athletes.


However, like any treatment therapy, ART® is continually evolving and practitioners need to re-certify yearly in order to maintain their credentialing. Trust me, I have been practicing ART® for over 15 years and am still learning something new every time I go to a seminar. Taking a course at least once a year helps me improve my ability to be more effective in my diagnosis, touch and skill set to benefit my patients’ overall outcomes.


Many people in Calgary claim that they do ART® but some have not taken a course in many years and unfortunately, in the end, it is the patient that suffers from either poor technique or misleading information. You may have seen someone who provided poor treatment technique, and many of you may not want to try ART again. To see if a provider is maintaining their certifications you can check the website: www.activerelease.com.


If you are interested in finding out more or getting treated with ART®, visit us at Imagine Health Centre Downtown (403-775-9669) or Imagine Health Centre Macleod Trail South clinic (403-910-3990).

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