Active Release Techniques

What is Active Release Techniques® (ART®)?

Active Release Technique is a manual therapy that is administered by trained professionals to certain soft tissue structures of the body.  The ART® soft tissue management system is based on scientific evidence that muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue can develop adhesions within and between them as a result of various injuries.  These include: Acute (sudden injury) and Cumulative (chronic injury).  Adhesions cause the movement of muscles or joints to be altered, resulting in a wide variety of symptoms including pain, weakness, decreased range of motion, numbness and tingling.

Who Can Benefit From ART®?

The quickest answer to this question is anyone that is in pain due to a soft tissue injury.  ART® is used in a clinical setting on Professional and Olympic athletes, office workers, laborers, homemakers, youth athletes, and many others.  The common theme with these people is they all have altered movement patterns, but the mechanism or cause of the dysfunction is different.  ART® effectively treats muscles, tendons, and ligaments throughout the body that become congested with scar tissue by freeing up their ability to function and thereby reducing pain.

ART® also effectively treats peripheral nerve entrapments, where a nerve has become entangled by scar tissue and has tension or pressure exerted on it during certain positions or movements.  Extensive training allows the provider to identify where the nerves are entraped and how best to reduce the adhesions.

Cumulative Injury Cycle:

What is an ART ® treatment like?

After a diagnosis has been reached based on a history and examination, treatment can be rendered.  ART® is itself a diagnostic tool.  The practitioner is able to determine where adhesions are and how severe the soft tissue injury is simply by touching (palpating) the soft tissue and observing the quality of movement.

ART® is generally performed with a direct contact from the doctor to the patient's skin.  After identifying the area to be worked on the patient will either actively move, or the practitioner will passively move the body part for the patient.  The practitioner's hand contact, coupled with the movement of the patient, allows for successful separation of the adhesions.

Common Conditions Treated by ART®:

  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Impingement and Tendonitis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • ITB Syndrome (runner's knee)
  • Knee Ligament / Meniscus Injuries
  • Postural Strains
  • Headaches
  • Neck Pain

Dr. Tislau is the Sheboygan area's only source for certified Active Release Techniques® treatment.  He is not only full body certified, but also has undergone extensive training and testing to become certified as part of the ART® Elite Provider Network.  Patients can rest assured they are receiving treatment from an expert in soft tissue care.  Dr. Tislau has successfully treated patients with a variety of conditions ranging from office workers to Champion Ironman Athletes.  Please feel free to contact our office to setup a consultation with Dr. Tislau and find out if ART® is the right treatment for you.



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