ART (Active Release Technique) is a specific soft tissue system/movement-based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Each treatment is a combination of examination and treatment by the physician. The physician utilizes their hands to evaluate the soft tissue for any abnormalities, and abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements to engage the affected tissues and allow for the release of the restrictions that are detected.
Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body, including muscle, and supports these structures. Fascia can become restricted due to overuse, trauma, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and diminished blood flow. The myofascial release method engages the myofascial tissue restriction or tension, which can be detected by the physician. The tissue can be loaded with a constant force until a release of the tension occurs.