ART is a combination of therapies that include active movement and manipulative massage to address soft tissue injuries that lead to further problems such as entrapped nerves, painful muscles, and other symptoms. The main issue addressed by ART is the formation of adhesions, otherwise known as scar tissues, in the body. Adhesions can form in athletes and sedentary persons alike, and can be due to a sports injury or muscle tears from repetitive use at work or other activities.
Restriction of movement is the ultimate result of adhesions, and it can affect all kinds of soft tissues like tendons, muscles, and ligaments. If the issue is not addressed, it will lead to further movement limitation due to the adaptive shortening of the tissues surrounding the affected structure. This, in turn, leads to problems like pinched nerves, tendonitis, and muscle weakness, and can eventually cause symptoms like pain, numbness, pins and needles, and loss of functional capacities.
The ART system was developed and patented by Dr. P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP, and was designed for the treatment of soft tissue problems that causes nerve problems, as well as limitations of motion due to fascia, muscles, ligaments and tendons. The ART system was found to resolve more than 90% of Dr. Leahy’s patients’ problems, and he now provides training to healthcare providers all around the world who are interested in learning the protocols. There are more than 500 unique protocols to correctly diagnose and treat patients depending on the condition.
Since ART involves movement, it is considered a collaborative effort by the patient and the practitioner and will require the effort from both sides to be effective. The practitioner’s involvement will focus on the assessment of the patient’s soft tissues to provide a diagnosis, and the patient’s role is to do the activities designed for the specific case as designed by the practitioner, who helps by applying needed tension to the area affected.
The expected results from the ART system include increased range of motion and improved functional abilities while minimizing pain and soreness. Here are some conditions wherein the ART can be used:
- Trigger Points
- Neck and Back pain
- Knee Pain
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
- Shoulder Pain
- Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Plantar Fasciitis