Active Release Technique

Active_Release_Technique_logoWhat is Active Release Technique or ART®?

Active Release Technique (ART)® is a patented, state of the art, soft tissue, movement-based massage technique that has been proven to effectively treat overuse problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.

Active Release Technique® has been successfully used to treat headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, tennis elbow as well as numerous other conditions.  Most conditions are resolved quickly and permanently with the use of Active Release Technique®.

Active Release Technique® is most effective with conditions that are the result of overused muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.

How do overuse injuries occur?

Soft tissues in the body (muscle, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves) change in three important ways:

These types of changes (acute, micro-trauma, hypoxia) can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area.  The scar tissue then binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely for optimum health and pain free living.  As the scar tissue builds your muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on the tendons can cause tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped.  This in turn can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.


What is an Active Release Technique® (ART) treatment like?

Every Active Release Technique® session is actually a combination of an examination and treatment.  The Active Release Technique® provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of your muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

There are over 500 specific treatment protocols that are unique to Active Release Technique®. These protocols allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.

Active Release Technique® is Used in Competitive Sports

Active Release Technique® is the leading form of soft tissue treatment for:

Performance Therapy Group and Active Release Technique®

Although we treat all of our athletes, from martial artists, runners, sprinters, football, golf, soccer, and tennis players using Active Release Technique®, we believe that anyone in pain or suffering from an overuse injury should be given the same treatment that we use on the million dollar athletes.  That is why we routinely incorporate Active Release Technique® into our treatment plans for all our patients. Come visit our Austin office to find out for yourself what Active Release Technique® can do for you.

Performance Therapy Group doctors have used Active Release Technique® to treat athletes from the following organizations


Dr. Bomben’s sports background gives him a unique understanding of your injuries and the most effective treatments

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