What is Active Release Technique?
Active Release Technique® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system. Dr. Michael Leahy founded Active Release Technique by coupling his knowledge as an aeronutical engineer with his experience as a chiropractor to develop this system in 1984. Today, ART has a medical patent and is one of the most requested soft tissue tretaments in physical medicine.
What does an Active Release Technique treatment entail?
Every ART session is 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. These treatment protocols, over 500 specific moves, are unique to ACtive Release Techniques.
How does a practitioner become certified?
In order to become a provider, a licensed medical professional must complete extensive hands-on instruction with written a practical examination. Evaluation includes assessment on over 500 protocols. A practitiner must be proficient in each one before obtaining certification.
Dr. Michael Leahy on What is Active Release Techniques (ART)
I was referred to Dr. McNally for evaluation and treatment of pain due to patellofemoral syndrome that was refactory to several rounds of physical therapy and three arthroscopies. Her approach has been more comprehensive, holistic & preventive than that of any other clinician I have seen, as she has focused on areas outside of the knee (foot, ankle, hip) that have been contributing to, and in some cases causing my knee pain. In addition to focused treatments, I have worked with her personal trainer in her practice who has not only developed a personalized corrective exercise routine, but has taken the time to ensure that my technique is correct. I am happy to say that due to Dr. McNally's care & expertise, my symptoms have greatly improved and I have been able to return to work without restriction. Dr. McNally's outstanding clinical skills as well as her professional, caring and encouraging demeanor make her a special and unique clinician. Her approach is simple, but effective - educate the patient about his/her ailment and empower the patient to be an active participant to his/her treatment. Her practice is efficient and her staff is always courteous and welcoming.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Alpert Medical School
Jason Aliotta, MD