Active Release Techniques (ART) in Cincinnati, OH


Founded by Dr. P. Michael Leahy, the NFL Denver Broncos chiropractor and soft-tissue expert in 1985, ART help break up and normalize scar tissue in the muscle and surrounding fascia. These occur as a result of a traumatic injury cycle: injury leads to inflammation, which leads to adhesions and scar tissue in the surrounding muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments. If left untreated, this will prolong recovery times, and lead to muscle weakness and compensation patterns which set the stage for future injuries and pain.

ART is especially effective for people suffering with, or experiencing the following conditions

  • runners with plantar fasciitis
  • runners with plantar fasciitis
  • runners with plantar fasciitis
  • runners with plantar fasciitis
  • runners with plantar fasciitis

What is Active Release Techniques (ART)?

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique developed by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP 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? Over-used 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)

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.


What is the history of Active Release Techniques?

ART has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients’ symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients’ problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART.

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