What is ART?
While playing recreational ice hockey, I fell in an awkward manner and my leg twisted under my skate. I immediately felt pain in my knee and lower leg. For weeks I suffered, limping around and taking medications. With the physical trauma associated with my injury, I thought I was headed for a scope, or worse, surgery. After just two ART sessions, my knee and leg are feeling great again, with no pain.
Bill MacNeillWeekend Warrior, Patient
The ART program has been an essential component to keep our team members happy, healthy, and in top physical condition to perform their daily work responsibilities. The year prior to joining ART, we had six OSHA recordables. Since joining, we’ve had two consecutive years with no recordables.
Moe L.Safety Manager
In fall 2017, I was running the Kansas City Marathon and had to stop due to the worst pain in my right hip. It felt like my bones were rubbing against each other with every step. The following week, I had two sessions of ART and was able to run the Kansas Half without pain the next week. That was my first exposure to ART, and I took my first ART seminar in January 2018. I was ART Full Body certified by March and use ART regularly to help my clients.
Rachel HockenbargerLMT, Patient + Provider
Active Release Techniques® (ART®) exists to train, encourage, and assist healthcare professionals to identify and resolve conditions that are not properly diagnosed or efficiently treated by conventional methods. Through ART, millions have discovered that they do not have to “just live with” pain or restricted movement, or endure tedious treatment regimens for a chance at full recovery.
Other forms of hands-on therapy — myofascial release, chiropractic, whatever — all work. But we’re talking about fixing 95 percent of problems in four visits, versus 50 percent of them in 30 visits.
The testimonials for ART often sound too good to be true. Athletes faced with career-ending injuries have experienced instant recoveries, often after their first session.
Though professional athletes use the technique, people who sit at a desk and suffer from neck, back, and shoulder pain can also benefit.
If you’re suffering from a shoulder injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, or any deep muscle injury and you thought surgery was the only way to get relief, think again.
On game days, Peyton Manning spends 25-30 minutes with Dr. Leahy for more ART work… for Manning, who looks more and more like Peyton in his prime, the maddening attention to detail is paying dividends.
ART, which has been lauded as no less than miraculous, has helped athletes overcome or avoid muscle-related problems… ART has earned so much acclaim, the University of California-San Diego medical school has made [Dr. Leahy] a professor, labeling his techniques as the standard for treating soft-tissue injuries.
I’m partial to ART… after a single session, I hopped off the table, noticed that my back no longer hurt, then reached down and touched my toes for the first time in 15 years.
Regular couch potatoes are also becoming converts, using ART to treat repetitive strain and stress injuries, leftover pain from car accidents, and chronic back pain.