ART®, is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue management system that utilises movement-based manual therapy techniques to treat problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.
Developed in North America over 30 years ago by innovative chiropractor Dr Mike Leahy DC, ART® has evolved to be one of the North America and Canada’s leading soft tissue treatments. In fact, it’s often referred to as the ‘gold’ standard in soft tissue treatment
Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART®. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
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.
ART® utilises a systematic approach of simultaneously finding, assessing and then releasing these problem areas of soft tissue quickly and effectively, helping you return to normal function. The focus is to address and reverse the changes that happen to soft tissue structures on a cellular level through the Cumulative Injury Cycle
Every ART® session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART® provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART®. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART® is not a cookie-cutter approach.
Watch this short video to get a better understanding of why ART® is revolutionising our approach to treating soft tissue injuries.