Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) is a doctor performed procedure used to treat soft tissue injuries. The doctor will assess and diagnose the problematic area before determining the best course of action. Soft tissue injuries include those within muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Injuries in these areas can occur due to a injury as well as repetitive stress over an extended period of time. The goal of treatment is to remove any soft tissue adhesions and restore proper biomechanics through a pain-free range of motion. Adhesions are knots that can form in tissues as the body attempts to heal itself. These adhesions can decrease perfomance, reduce motion, and increase pain.
ART was originally created to help treat injured athletes. Athletes often endure a lot of wear and tear on their bodies over time. This can lead to acute injuries or repetitive stress injuries that can become chronic in nature. Any significant injury regardless of the nature will cause a decrease in overall performance. Our goal is to get you back to your peak performance so you can return to competition. Dr. Cobb has treated many athletes with ART while working with Rice University in Houston.
Dr. Cobb treating an athlete at the Woodlands Ironman
The general population can also benefit significantly from Active Release Technique. Many people have jobs that are repetitive in nature such as typing, desk work, manual labor, lifting, and many other activities. These tasks can lead to a what is known as cumulative trauma disorder. This happens when a cumulative trauma occurs in a given area over a long period of time. It is estimated that over $110 billion is lost every year in the american workforce due to these types of injuries. With ART we try to help reduce the time spent out of work due to injuries and increase your overall productivity.