Active Release Technique

Offered at both our chiropractic offices in Eden Prairie, MN and Eagan, MN



Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue movement-based, deep massage technique that treats problems with:

Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented soft tissue movement based massage. It’s aim is to treat soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament, nerve) injuries associated with overuse.  As sports chiropractic physicians who specialize in ART, we have advanced training in how to “feel” the soft tissues for damage, as well as the texture, movement, and tension relationship of the tissues to the surrounding structures.

ART involves taking the soft tissue through full range of movement while tension is applied and maintained. This forces shortened tissues to return to their normal length faster and more efficiently than stretching. ART also relaxes muscles that are tight or spasmed and can break up scar tissue and adhesions that have formed within the tissue. While this provides symptomatic relief, it also addresses physiologic changes that occur in the tissue thereby allowing the patient to more efficiently strengthen the injured area and also, preventing re-occurrence.

Numerous sports chiropractic therapy techniques are available to alleviate signs and symptoms associated with overuse injuries, including therapeutic ultrasound, Myofascial release, corrective exercises, sports taping and transverse friction massage. However, Active Release Technique has a 90 percent improvement rate as compared other therapy techniques.

How Do ART Specialists Treat Patients with Muscle Pains?

A sports chiropractor who uses ART assesses the affected muscle, its texture, movement and tightness, as well as the nerves, ligaments, tendons and fascia around it. The sports medicine doctor then treats these affected tissues by placing a precise tension on the problematic area while the patient moves the affected limb.

Who Can Benefit From ART?

Injured athletes are not the only ones who can benefit from Active Release Technique; ordinary people who experience neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, and other muscle pains may benefit from this therapy as well.  In fact, all the advanced training in sports medicine and soft tissue treatment can be applied to help an individual completing everyday tasks.  For example, a person who sits in front of a computer and clicks a mouse 400 times a day or a person who has neck pain from looking down at a phone or device can find immense relief in an ART session.

If you are suffering from a shoulder injury and would like to make an appointment or discuss your condition with one of our sports chiropractors, please contact us or call our scheduling line at 952-479-0043.

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