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Active Release Technique
with Erin O'halloran
Certified A.R.T. Therapist
Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified Kinesio Tape Practicioner
How do overuse conditions occur?
acute conditions = pulls, tears, collisions, etc
accumulation of small tears = micro-trauma
not getting enough oxygen = hypoxia
What is an ART treatment like?
What is the history of Active Release Techniques?
Is the Treatment Painful?
The first one or two treatments can be somewhat uncomfortable depending on the severity of the condition and the patient’s pain tolerance. However, even if the treatment is uncomfortable and reproduces their symptoms, this is only temporary and will stop a few seconds after the treatment.
How Long Does a Treatment Take?
The initial consultation, history, examination, and treatment will usually require 30 minutes to one hour. Subsequent treatments take ten to fifteen minutes.
How Soon Can I Expect Results?
In most cases, following the first treatment a patient will experience a positive result. This may be an increased range of motion, less pain, increased muscle strength, or decreased numbness and tingling.
Is This Similar to Other Soft Tissue Treatments?
(like trigger point therapy, ischemic compression, etc.)
NO. A.R.T. is very different than any other soft tissue, bodywork, massage, or other therapy. A.R.T. is very specific and the results achieved utilizing this technique are much more predictable because the movements and treatments are standardized. Other soft tissue work often emphasizes working the soft tissue to loosen it. While these treatments can help relieve symptoms, often the results do not last nearly as long as the treatments performed through A.R.T. A patented approach to holistic health, A.R.T. can provide immediate release of locked joints caused by soft tissue complications.
Once My Problem Has Been Corrected, What Are the Chances of the Problem Returning?
If the patient is advised as to any lifestyle modifications and follows through with the prescribed exercise/stretches, the likelihood of the condition recurring is very low. Dr. Leahy reported a recurrence rate of only 4% in his carpal tunnel study, of which half (2%), had not followed through with their exercises.
Can I Benefit from A.R.T. Even if I Have Already Been Evaluated and Treated by Other Doctors and Therapists?
Only a provider experienced and trained in A.R.T. can determine if you might benefit from this treatment. Most of the cases seen in my office are those patients whom have been treated by other health care providers unsuccessfully. Most of these patients are happily surprised when they experience an improvement in their condition after just one or two treatments.