Effective Sports Therapy in Calgary

Active Release Technique

ART is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.

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 often result from injury to over-used muscles.

How do overuse injuries occur?

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  • acute injuries (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.)
  • micro-trauma (accumulation of small tears)
  • hypoxia (not getting enough oxygen)

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 in tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced ranges of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped, you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

Dr.Hankins performing Active Release technique
Dr.Hankins performing Active Release technique

What is ART treatment like?

Treatment is non-invasive, very safe, has virtually no side-effects and has a record for producing very good results

Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the textures, tightness, and movement of the 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 of them-are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.

Treatment is non-invasive, very safe, has virtually no side-effects, and has a record for producing very good results. Treatments can feel uncomfortable during the movement phases as the scar tissues or adhesions break up. This discomfort is temporary and subsides almost immediately after treatment. Treatments take about eight to 15 minutes for each area treated and may require two to ten visits.

Who can benefit from ART?

The types of conditions successfully treated by ART are very diverse. Some of the more common conditions are:

  • Chronic back and neck pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and other peripheral nerve entrapments
  • Tendonitis such as Golfers Elbow, Tennis Elbow, rotator cuff disorders
  • Sciatica, TMJ, recurrent sprains and strains

Only a certified ART provider can ascertain whether ART might prove beneficial for your condition. To become proficient in ART, it takes approximately two years of working with patients once a provider has taken the courses and passed the examinations. Providers must attend annual update seminars to maintain their credentials and keep current of any new protocols and research.

ART for Athletes

ART providers can treat scar tissue adhesions and help you perform at your best

Eventually, the build-up of scar tissue adhesions will cause noticeable symptoms like pain and weakness. However, long before symptoms are felt, athletic performance is affected.

ART Performance Care is a unique approach to helping you perform at your best while training and competing. It allows you the opportunity to have the function of your body evaluated by highly trained experts. These expert, certified ART providers, are trained to determine which muscles are hindering your performance. By combining this evaluation with patented ART treatment protocols, ART providers can treat scar tissue adhesions and help you perform at your best.