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1. The doctor identifies the area of scar/adhesion by feeling it.
2. The muscle, tendon, ligament, or nerve is shortened by placing the patient in an appropriate position.
3. The doctor places contact (finger or thumb) on the scar, creating tension.
4. The patient moves the body part lengthening the structure. This generates tension that breaks down the scar and restores normal movement, tension, texture, and function to the tissues, reducing pain and improving performance.
Why doesn’t the pain go away by itself?
The body has no mechanism to reduce scar tissue naturally. It requires treatment. Although the body can sometimes adapt to and tolerate a certain amount of scar tissue it will not function optimally and can cause further injury.
Why haven’t I heard of ART before?
ART is relatively new, although many professional athletes have been using it for years. Word of ART’s effectiveness is rapidly spreading and the number of people qualified to perform it is steadily increasing.
What makes ART different from massage or myofascial release?
Several factors make ART different. First, with over 300 separate protocols, ART is far more specific than other treatments. It is essential to treat not only the right tissue, but the exact area of scar within the tissue. The difference between success and failure can be measured in millimeters. Second, ART uses the movement of the patient to increase tension on the scar tissue. This is the most effective way to release the tissue. Third, ART provides a better understanding of how soft tissue becomes injured. This drastically improves treatment strategies and results.
Do I have to keep coming back?
Once scar tissue is treated the tissues are usually as healthy as their pre-injury state. In most people the injury does not return. However, unless the activity that caused the scar tissue to form in the first place is modified it can return. Therefore, some people do require occasional follow up visits.
Can anyone perform ART?
No. Training consists of a series of post-graduate classes as well as written and practical testing. It generally takes a minimum of two years experience to become proficient with the protocols.
“ ART is nothing short of amazing.I don’t think there’s an athlete anywhere who couldn’t benefit from it.
Muscle Media 2000, 1998
“...compared with similar studies in the literature (ART) was superior.”
Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 1999
“ART seems fast, safe, and remarkably effective for injuries to muscles and connective tissues.”
Men’s Health 1999
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