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Active Release Techniques



Sub-group: Manual Physiotherapy 



Most healthcare providers use techniques of massage, trigger point, electrical modalities and ultrasound with varying degrees of specificity to treat soft tissue problems. These all provide reasonable results but there is a much better way. ART is patented because it is different than anything else. This protects the public from healthcare providers who are willing to do it half way.


To learn ART you must be serious enough to invest a great deal of time and effort to learn over 500 treatment moves or "protocols." More important than that, you must be able to develop a very advanced "feel" for the tissues and their texture, tension and movement. You must come to understand and evaluate the movement of each tissue relative to the one next to it and as an absolute value unto itself. This is an anatomy class like no other.

The basic premise is simple, just not easy. Shorten the tissue, apply a contact tension and lengthen the tissue or make it slide relative to the adjacent tissue. It's as simple as playing a piano and just as difficult. We will teach you to find every tissue by touch and to make fast permanent changes in them. We will practice every single treatment protocol with you. You work on the instructor and we work on you so that you can learn at a much faster rate. 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 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.


Online certification: Yes, 

ART Live On-line Recertification Course

Biomechanics Certification $1100


Certificate programme

Lower Extremity (4 days) 

Upper Extremity (4 days)

Spine (4 days)

Nerve entrapment (1 day) 

Complex protocols

Masters ART (1 day) 

Active palpation technique (4 days) 

Diagnosis (4 days) 



Certificate Title: None



Lower Extremity 2190 $ 

Upper Extremity 2190 $

Spine 1790 $

Nerve entrapment 995$

Complex protocols

Masters ART 1000$

Active palpation technique 1790 $

Diagnosis 1795 $



Special equipment required No






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