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Active Release Techniques® Europe is responsible for organizing and hosting all courses and events in Europe. The management (HQ) is located in Moss, Norway - side by side with the ART clinic. The office works closely with ART®'s headquarter in Colorado, US.

ART™ Europe runs courses in Norway, Sweden, Finland, UK, Ireland, Germany, Denmark and Italy. More than 15 ART™ Instructors and Assistants are part of our TEAM in Europe. Our Instructors have backgrounds such as: Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Manual Therapists and Osteopaths.

HQ Europe will organize and host approximately 20 courses around Europe each year.

Nicolai van der Lagen and the Team in Europe have during the past 3 years been able to integrate the system in many elite sport environments (medical staff). Ex. Football, Rugby, Ice hockey, Triathlon, Biathlon, Strong man, Track & Field, Golf and many more....

Professional co operations have been made with several premier clubs in Europe.

Understanding the value of systematically integrating the method into your practice / work with patients, athletes or teams.

Mobility and flexibility are very important key factors in achieving desired strength and endurance. Strength, endurance, coordination etc. determines our functional abilities.

Soft tissue flexibility is important in the later stages of the healing process when a injury has occurred. At this stage, ART™ plays an important role in achieving desired local flexibility in the injured area and in the surrounding tissues (fascia, connective tissue, muscles, tendons, nerves etc.). Achieving desired local flexibility in the tissue fibers and in the surrounding tissues, will give the patient or athlete huge advantage in the rehabilitation work, and later in functional settings.

It's important to address mobility/flexibility issues before you focus on strength etc. in rehabilitation after injury. The same applies for athletes in their building up and training.

Our daily life activities / sports interfere with our biomechanical loading pattern and development. Our biomechanical pattern in our daily life activities / sports determines how our structures are being loaded and how we developed mechanically. When analyzing the patient's, worker's or athlete's biomechanical pattern, the ART® provider easily detects which structures and related areas that needs specific attention.

ART™ enables the provider to give precise treatment with the combination of mechanical tension and structural tension. These are the key elements when releasing different conditions in the soft tissue. Examples:

  • scar tissue
  • impingements
  • nerve entrapments
  • contractile tissues
  • adhesions

Without the necessary flexibility in the soft tissue, the athlete or worker will generally on most levels perform at a poorer level, and he or she will increase the risk of suffering from different soft tissue and joint pain/injuries in the future.

ART™ is all about taking advantage of our biomechanical abilities in the work of treating injuries, optimizing tissue function or preventing soft tissue injury.

  • The provider utilizes his or her body positioning in order to be able to perform the treatment correctly and obtaining maximum range of motion.
  • The provider utilizes the biomechanical advantages of the tissues being treated when structural tension (hand technique) is applied in the correct area.

When correct treatments and additional programs are followed, the ART™ provider should be able to help athletes and workers avoiding conditions such as:

  • impingements (supraspinatus/bursa) or compressions elsewhere
  • peripheral nerve entrapments (carpal tunnel/tennis elbow/sciatica)
  • micro tears, and more severe tears (muscles, tendons, fascias etc)
  • meniscus tears (pinching)
  • and more

Don't neglect the importance of systematically involving specific measures for increasing or maintaining soft tissue flexibility in your work!

We hope that all patients and athletes treated by a certified ART® provider in Europe has benefited from their expertise!