Active Release Technique

What is Active Release Technique
Active Release Technique (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. 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 are often a result of overused muscles.

ART is a movement based massage system, which is extremely effective for accurately defining the condition and effectively treating repetitive strain injuries and strain/sprain type injuries.  This technique is performed by licensed medical professionals such as Dr. Todd Plutchok, D.C.  ART is one of the only medical techniques in North America with a federal process patent, so only certified ART practitioners are permitted to say they mastered the techniques.

For an Appointment to see how ART can benefit you, Call Doctor Todd Plutchok at (858) 452-3734 or you can email for availability at

Watch this Video by ART Developer Mike Leahy Discuss ART


Who Can Benefit?

The power of Active Release Techniques lies in its ability to effectively resolve chronic injuries that have not responded to other forms of therapy.  ART can help everyone, from athletes to office workers.  If you are exposed to any form of repetitive strain injury (RSI), ART should be your first choice of conservative care to treat and correct muscular and soft tissues problems that result in adhesive tissues.  We treat many elite to amateur athletes here at The League Chiropractic Clinic, sports such as running, cycling, golf, and result in repetitive actions and your soft tissues must be maintained.  Active Release will enhance Range of Motion which is important to experience improved performance.

If you have a soft tissue injury, your best bet for a complete resolution is to use a combination of Active Release Technique with a solid program of rehabilitative exercises.

What does a ART treatment feel 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. Once the cause of the pain is found then the provider follows a series of hands on treatment protocols to break up the scar tissue, which has caused muscles to adhere together and/or to entrap a nerve.  Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

ART treatments take about 8-15 minutes per area treated and may require between 3 to 10 visits. Patients often claim the process “hurts-good!” and Doctor Todd Plutchok, D.C. will check and make sure the treatment is within your specific comfort level.

Understanding Repetitive Strain

Cumulative trauma and overuse of soft-tissue causes Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI).  The disassociation between our genetic makeup and or current lifestyle requirements is largely responsible for the maladaptive expression of RSI
Recently, the health care costs for RSI in the U.S. surpassed costs for low back pain as the largest health care expenditure. It is estimated that the cost of RSI’s in the US alone exceeds $110 billion yearly.

Soft tissue that is forced to perform the same job over and over becomes irritated and then inflamed. The body responds to inflammation by laying down scar tissue (adhesive tissue) in an attempt to stabilize the area. Once this happens, an ongoing cycle begins that worsens the condition. The longer this condition persists, the harder is is to break this cycle.

  • 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.

Active Release Technique is an Effective Treatment for:

Arthritis Hand Injuries Post Surgical Rehab
Achilles Tendonitis Headaches Repetitive Strain Injuries
Ankle Injuries Hip Pain Rib Pain
Back Pain/Injuries iliotibial band syndrome Rotator Cuff Syndrome
Bicipital Tendonitis impingement syndrome Running Injuries
Bursitis Joint Dysfunction Sciatica
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Knee/Meniscus Injuries Shin Splints
Compartment Syndrome Knee Pain Shoulder Pain
De Quervains Tenosynovitis Muscle Pulls or Strains Swimmer’s Shoulder
Foot Pain/Injury Muscle Weakness Tendinitis
Frozen Shoulder/Capsulititis Myofascitis Tennis Elbow
Gait Imbalances Neck Pain Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Golfers/Tennis Elbow Tendonitis Nerve Entrapment Syndrome Throwing Injuries
Golf Injuries Performance Care TMJ
Hammer Toes Plantar Fasciitis Wrist Injury

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