Active Release Techniques

Active Release Techniques (ART®) is a unique hands-on movement based massage technique that treats conditions involving muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Dr. Frantzen is an ART® provider who incorporates ART® into his treatments. ART® can be highly effective in the treatment of:

  • Low Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Ligamentous Knee Conditions
  • Lateral & Medial Epicondylitis (tennis & golfers elbow)

How can I benefit from Active Release Technique (ART®)?

When a muscle, ligament or tendon is injured, either through direct trauma or with overuse, the body naturally forms scar tissue or adhesions to bind the injured tissue. As the scar tissue builds up and becomes more dense it often binds to surrounding structures, resulting in limited mobility, decreased muscle strength and pain. Although the body can tolerate and adapt to a certain amount of scar tissue it is unable to naturally reduce scar tissue and therefore treatment is required. An ART® provider will evaluate the patient and identify the soft tissue that has been injured and where the scar tissue has formed.  The treatment involves a combination of direct pressure and specific guided movement patterns of the patient.