Active Release Technique

Active Release Technique in DC, MD, & VA

Are you one of the millions of Americans struggling with chronic pain or limited mobility due to soft tissue injuries? Active Release Technique (ART) may be the solution you’ve been searching for. A study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science found that ART combined with joint mobilization effectively reduced pain and increased range of motion in patients with chronic neck pain.

At RxWellness Spine & Health, our skilled chiropractors and healthcare professionals are dedicated to helping Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. patients find relief and improve their quality of life through personalized care and innovative techniques like ART. With multiple locations across the region, we are committed to providing accessible, holistic care that addresses the root cause of your condition.



What is Active Release Technique (ART)?

Active Release Technique is a patented soft tissue therapy that targets muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Developed by Dr. Michael Leahy, a chiropractor, in the 1980s, ART has since gained recognition as an effective method for treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. 

This technique involves identifying and releasing adhesions, or dense scar tissue, that can develop due to overuse, injury, or prolonged periods of inactivity.

How Does Active Release Technique Work?

ART addresses the root cause of many soft tissue injuries: adhesions. When muscles, tendons, or ligaments are overused or injured, the body attempts to repair the damage by forming scar tissue. While this is a natural part of the healing process, excessive scar tissue can lead to restrictions in mobility, pain, and reduced performance.

During an ART session, a certified practitioner uses their hands to locate and break up adhesions in the affected area. This is achieved through precise pressure and specific patient movements, which help release the restricted tissue and restore normal function. By breaking up the adhesions, ART promotes increased blood flow, reduces inflammation, and allows the body to heal more efficiently.

What Are the Benefits of Active Release Technique?

The benefits of Active Release Technique are numerous and well-documented. By addressing the underlying cause of soft tissue injuries, ART can provide:

  • Pain Relief: ART has been shown to effectively reduce pain associated with conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, and plantar fasciitis.
  • Improved Range of Motion: By breaking up adhesions and releasing restricted tissues, ART can help improve flexibility and range of motion in affected joints and muscles.
  • Enhanced Athletic Performance: Many professional athletes and physically active individuals rely on ART to keep their bodies functioning at peak levels and to prevent injury.
  • Faster Recovery Times: ART can help speed the healing process by promoting blood flow and reducing inflammation in injured tissues.

What Conditions Can ART Help With?

You can use Active Release Technique to treat a wide variety of soft-tissue conditions affecting the body’s soft tissues. Some of the most common conditions that may benefit from ART include:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Numbness
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sciatica

Who Can Benefit from ART Sessions?

While Active Release Technique can be beneficial for a wide range of people, specific individuals may find it particularly helpful, such as:

  • Athletes and physically active individuals looking to prevent injury and enhance performance
  • Office workers and those with repetitive strain injuries
  • People with chronic pain conditions
  • Individuals recovering from surgery or injury

RxWellness Holistic Approach to ART and Patient Care

At RxWellness, we believe in a comprehensive, patient-centered approach to healthcare. Our skilled chiropractors and healthcare professionals understand that each individual’s journey to wellness is unique, and we strive to provide personalized care that addresses the root cause of your condition. Our three-step process is central to our holistic approach, which ensures you receive the most effective treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Step 1: Comprehensive Consultation and Examination

The first step in our process is a thorough consultation and examination. During this initial visit, your RxWellness chiropractor will take the time to listen to your concerns, discuss your medical history, and understand your health goals. This conversation is crucial in establishing a solid foundation for your personalized treatment plan.

Following the consultation, your chiropractor will conduct a comprehensive physical examination, which may include neurological, orthopedic, and postural assessments. Digital X-rays can be taken on-site to provide a clearer picture of your musculoskeletal health. 

This in-depth evaluation allows your chiropractor to identify the underlying cause of your condition and determine if the Active Release Technique is the most appropriate treatment for you.

Step 2: Personalized Treatment Plan

Armed with the information gathered during your consultation and examination, your RxWellness chiropractor will develop a personalized treatment plan to address your unique needs. This plan may include the Active Release Technique and other evidence-based modalities such as chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and massage therapy.

Your chiropractor will take the time to explain your treatment plan in detail, ensuring that you understand the purpose and expected outcomes of each aspect of your care. We believe that patient education is a vital component of the healing process, empowering you to take an active role in your journey to wellness.

Step 3: Collaborative Care and Progress Monitoring

As you begin your treatment at RxWellness, our healthcare professionals will collaborate to ensure you receive the highest-quality care. Regular progress evaluations will monitor your response to treatment and make any necessary adjustments to your plan.

We understand that healing is not always a linear process, and we are committed to supporting you every step of the way. Your chiropractor will encourage open communication, allowing you to share your experiences, ask questions, and voice any concerns you may have throughout your treatment.

At RxWellness, we believe true wellness is achieved through a partnership between patient and provider. We designed our three-step process to foster this partnership, ensuring you receive the personalized care and attention you deserve. By combining the Active Release Technique with our holistic approach to healthcare, we aim to help you find relief from pain and dysfunction and achieve optimal health and well-being.

Frequently Asked Questions About Active Release Technique

What is Active Release Technique (ART), and how does it work?

Active Release Technique is a patented soft tissue treatment that targets muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. ART identifies and releases adhesions, or dense scar tissue, that can develop due to overuse, injury, or prolonged periods of inactivity. During an ART session, a certified practitioner uses precise pressure and specific patient movements to break up adhesions and restore normal function.

How long does an Active Release Technique session typically last?

An Active Release Technique session usually lasts 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the complexity of the case and the number of areas being treated. Most patients find that ART’s focused, targeted nature allows for efficient treatment sessions that yield noticeable results.

Does insurance cover the Active Release Technique?

 Coverage for the Active Release Technique varies depending on your insurance provider and a specific plan. Many insurance companies recognize the benefits of ART and offer coverage for this treatment. It’s best to contact your insurance provider directly to inquire about your specific coverage options.

How can I prepare for an Active Release Technique appointment?

To prepare for an Active Release Technique appointment, it’s essential to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that allows for easy access to the affected area. Prepare to discuss your medical history, current symptoms, and activities or movements that worsen your condition. This information will help your ART practitioner develop a targeted treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Experience the RxWellness Difference: Personalized Care for Optimal Results

Active Release Technique (ART) is a powerful tool for pain-free living and optimal performance. By targeting adhesions and scar tissue, ART effectively addresses the root cause of many soft tissue injuries, providing relief and restoring function. 

RxWellness Spine & Health combines personalized care with ART and other evidence-based techniques to support your journey towards optimal health. With a holistic approach and a commitment to patient education, RxWellness empowers you to take an active role in your journey to wellness. 

Experience the difference that patient-centered care can make by scheduling an appointment at one of our convenient locations in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C. Call (703)904-9666 today or book your appointment online to start your path to optimal health and well-being.


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