Active Release Technique (A.R.T.)

Active Release TechART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that was designed to specifically target and remove soft tissue adhesions or scarring which results in increased soft tissue tension, pain and dysfunction. These adhesions can be the result of acute injuries such as sprains, strains, or bruises; or can be the result of repetitive motions that are common in athletic training and competition, or in the daily routines of the workplace.

When tissue Injury occurs a cumulative injury cycle develops involving increased friction, pressure and tension on the injured tissue and surrounding structures. Inflammation and edema follow with decreased circulation to the area. Blood flow becomes restricted to the injured tissue and the surrounding structures. The purpose of the blood flow is to carry oxygen and nutrients to the tissue and to remove any unwanted ingredients. Oxygen provides the tissue with energy so it can carry on its function of reproduction and metabolism. When muscles are chronically overused or injured blood flow is reduced to the area and the tissues are robbed of their oxygen. The body then compensates for the lack of oxygen and replaces the muscle tissue which is oxygen dependent with tissue that doesn’t require oxygen or energy to function. This tissue is namely called Scar Tissue which creates adhesions and fibrosis in the tissues. It is a rough substance that is tough and dense. 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 and decreased function.

Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. In an ART treatment, the provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and mobility of the soft tissue. Using hand pressure, the practitioner works to remove or break up the fibrous adhesions, while taking the tissues to their end range of motion if applicable. 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, allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. The goal of ART is to restore the smooth movement of tissues and to release any entrapped nerves or blood vessels.

Dr. Selby has been certified in ART since 2009 and is currently a full body certified practitioner with experience treating on the IRONMAN circuit in the United States as a certified provider.