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ART, or Active Release Techniques, is a proven system of soft tissue manipulation to release trapped nerves and blood vessels, or to remove adhesions and fibrosis. A certified ART provider uses his or her hands to detect and assess restrictions in such soft tissues as muscles, nerves, tendons and ligaments. Finish First Health & Performance offers ART together with evidence-based chiropractic, registered massage therapy, and medical acupuncture as part of our commitment to holistic health care for sports injury rehabilitation, sports therapy and injury prevention.

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• Repetitive strain injuries
• Spinal pain and dysfunction
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
• Soft tissue injuries
• Degenerative disc disease
• Headaches
• Arthritis
• Sciatica
• And many other health conditions.

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• Repetitive actions and movements
• Improper posture
• Accidents and injuries

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• Increased range of motion
• Relief from nerve and muscle pain
• Improved circulation
• Relief from numbness and tingling

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Sample Treatment:

What you can expect?

At your first visit, our chiropractor will take your medical history and ask questions about your current condition. He or she will perform a physical examination to diagnose the problem. This will involve:
• manipulating the affected area to feel the condition of the tissues, and
• moving and putting pressure on it in various ways to determine the precise location and cause of the pain.
Following diagnosis, a treatment plan will be prescribed. Treatment usually begins in the first session, immediately following diagnosis.

Treatment Overview:

The treatment is participatory, and involves manipulation by the ART provider in combination with directed movements by the patient.

Number of treatments:

ART can be very effective in just a few treatments, and the majority of cases reports almost complete resolution in just 6-9 treatments.
Duration of each treatment:
ART sessions usually last 15 minutes or less, and may be done one to three times per week.

What should I wear?

You should wear or bring with you clothing that allows access to the problem area, such as running shorts for a hamstring injury, or a tank top for shoulder injury.

Relief Expected:

Active Release Techniques’ beneficial effects are usually felt after one or two treatments.


If left untreated, the scar tissue that forms can cause a permanent loss of motion and flexibility as well as chronic nerve pain.

Background/History/Interesting Statistics & Facts:

ART is a practical option to consider when deciding how to treat an injury without resorting to drastic measures such as surgery. Unlike surgery, ART is completely non-invasive and has no side effects. Also, the active release technique boasts approximately 500 patient-specific moves to give you a treatment that is tailored to your individual needs.