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Active Release Techniques® (ART®) is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue treatment approach that treats problems that are often associated with overused muscles. The Active Release Techniques® Soft Tissue Management System was developed and founded by Dr. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, knee pain, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis are just a few problems that respond very quickly to ART® treatments.

Any time an athlete or individual increases their frequency, intensity, and/or duration of training, they are at risk of developing an overuse syndrome. Cumulative trauma or overuse injuries in soft tissue can create mirco-trauma to muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerve. As a result, these tissues can become fibrotic and develop restrictive adhesions that affect the length, tension, and integrity of the soft tissue as well as the biomechanics and function of the adjacent areas. Muscles become shorter and weaker, increase tension in the tendons, and entrapment of the nerves can occur, causing loss of strength, power, speed, balance, and pain.

ART® provides a way to assess and treat the underlying problems caused by adhesions in muscle and scar tissue formation. ART® treatments restore muscles to their normal performance length and allow you to function and train again. Active Release has proven to be especially valuable for athletes, from the beginner to the professional. Ninety percent of the time athletes with acute or long- standing muscular strain/sprain injuries experience complete recovery — in a short period of time.

FunctionSmart Physical Therapists in San Diego are certified ART® providers and can get you back to your game quickly.

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