What is Active Release Techniques (ART) to Individuals, Athletes, and Patients?
ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Plantar fasciitis, back pain, shin splints, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, knee problems, sciatica are just a few of the many conditions that are commonly resolved quickly and permanently with ART. Conditions like these all have one important commonality: they are often the result of overused muscles.
How do overuse conditions occur?
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
- acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
- accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
- not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).
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.
What is an ART treatment like?
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. ART is also one of the few techniques that is ever evolving and changing.
What is the history of Active Release Techniques?
ART has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients’ symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients’ problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART. Dr. Leahy and his team are the ART providers for the NFL’s Denver Bronco’s. 29 of the 32 NFL teams actively employ at least one Active Release provider.
How long has Dr. Mark Kemenosh been involved with ART?
Dr. Mark began studying ART a little over fifteen years ago after learning of the techniques existence and great results that both professional golfers and high level triathlete’s were receiving. Dr. Mark’s involvement in both the golf and running communities here in South Jersey made his decision to pursue Active Release an automatic decision. Dr. Mark is also a member of the ART’s Elite Provider Network. The Elite Provider Network is a clinically integrated network of the most experienced ART providers in each state. The EPN was formed so that ART can guarantee the highest quality of soft tissue care to private industries, insurance companies, and sporting organizations. Over the past ten years, Dr. Mark and his associates have become known as the place to have soft tissue related injuries examined, reviewed, and treated.
Who are the associates?
Dr’s Andrew Gross, Craig Evans, and Tim Legath are all Active Release certified providers. Each of them started very early in their chiropractic school careers that Active Release Technique was a very special way of treating muskuloskeletal problems and making sure that patients feel better long term.
To learn more about our team, please check out the bios below:
Dr Mark Kemenosh: https://drmarkkemenoshandassociates.com/doctor/dr-mark-s-kemenosh/
Dr Andrew Gross: https://drmarkkemenoshandassociates.com/doctor/dr-andrew-d-gross/
Dr Craig Evans: https://drmarkkemenoshandassociates.com/doctor/dr-craig-s-evans/
Dr Tim Legath: https://drmarkkemenoshandassociates.com/doctor/dr-tim-legath/
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