Marin Spine & Sports, Marin's Premier Sports Injury Center

Active Release Techniques (ART)

About ART

ART (Active Release Techniques) at Marin Spine & SportsART is a fast, effective and non-invasive way to heal a wide variety of soft tissue injuries. This patented, state of the art technique combines deep tissue massage with simultaneous movement to diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries. ART has been proven to alleviate many chronic conditions and acute injuries. Following are just a few examples of injuries that can be completely healed by ART:

  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Post-operative scar tissue
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic lower back pain
  • Whiplash
  • Shin Splints
  • Headaches
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Hip and knee issues
  • Neck Pain

Note: Providers must be certified in ART in order to perform the technique. Doug is not only certified; he was an Instructor for ART and taught seminars internationally for 15 years.

How It Works

ART works by treating the underlying cause of the injury, employing a combination of pressure, tension, and motion to reduce scar tissue buildup (often the source of the pain or condition). The doctor uses his hands to separate and stretch out areas where scar tissue has accumulated. The release that comes as a result in turn increases your range of motion, flexibility and strength.

ART treatments are based upon and tailored to your individual needs and condition. More than 500 moves specific to ART combine directed pressure with specific movements. Every visit has an element of treatment and diagnosis, where the condition is both assessed and treated via the doctor’s application of the movements.

Active Release has proven especially valuable for athletes, from the professional to the beginner. Athletes with acute or long-standing muscular strain/sprain injuries frequently experience complete recovery in a surprisingly short period of time.

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.

Rapid and Enduring Recovery

Many patients experience complete recovery after only 5–10 visits. Because of the combination of movement with pressure, ART succeeds where other treatments have failed. This aligns precisely with MSS’s philosophy of treatment that is time-efficient, cost-effective and, most importantly, enduring, so that the patient’s recovery means their self-sufficiency.

More Information

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