Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique used to treat a variety of conditions, including headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, and shin splints.
The ART treatment process involves a detailed examination to determine the cause of the problem, followed by a combination of manual manipulation and movement-based massage techniques to restore normal function. The therapist will use their hands to apply a tension or pressure to the affected area, while the patient actively assists with the movement. This process helps restore normal movement and function in the affected area, relieving pain and restoring range of motion.
It is important to note that treatment with ART is not a one-time thing and may require multiple treatments in order to achieve the desired results. Most people see significant improvement in 3-5 sessions.
Dr. Cuiffo is proud to be a part of ART’s Elite Provider Network and has been recognized as an instructor for the technique. If you are interested in providing ART to your employers as part of the workplace wellness program, please click here for more information.
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.
Select providers are qualified Elite Provider through the ART Corporate Solutions Program. This qualifies them to be placed into a corporation whose employees are at high risk for repetitive strain injuries in the prevention of worker’s compensation cases. If you are a Wellness Coordinator, Human Resource Director, or Corporate Nurse interested in this program you may contact ART Corporate Solutions.
Active Release Technique currently has over 3000 full body certified providers. Throughout the years, the word has spread that ART is an extremely effective soft tissue management system and many individuals, groups, and business entities have come to rely on ART care. In the past, there have been several instances where corporations, insurance companies, and professional sporting teams have contacted ART for lists of providers. Obviously, when such situations arose they were referred to the most accomplished provider in the area. ART soon realized that they could help more individuals and ART providers by handling these situations differently. So, they formed the ART Elite Provider Network (EPN) and ART Corporate Solutions, Inc. The EPN is a clinically integrated network of the most experienced ART providers in each state and province. The EPN was formed so that ART can guarantee the highest quality of soft tissue care to private industries, insurance companies, and sporting organizations.