What is Active Release Technique (ART)?

ART is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system that treats problems
with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.  Headaches,
back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica,
plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the
many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.
These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often
a result of overused muscles.


How do overuse conditions occur?

Overuse of a muscle can occur from sporting activities, work related
activities, accidents and other kinds of trauma.

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

   
* acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.)
     * accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
     * not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)


Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar
tissue in the affected area.  This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues
that need to move freely.  As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter
and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become
trapped.  This 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 ART treatment like?

Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. 
Dr. Mirabella uses his 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 ART. 
They allow Dr. Mirabella to identify and correct the specific problems that
are affecting each individual patient.  ART is not a cookiecutter approach.