Active Release Technique







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)


Dr. Ellen McNally successfully treated my foot, ankle, back & shoulder pain with her "golden hands". I had planned to retire early due to chronic pain but thanks to Dr. McNally I've extended my practice 5-10 years.

Douglas G Vrona, D.M.D, TMJ/ Orofacial pain

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