Active Release Technique

Active Release Technique

Dr. Leslie Martin maintains a full body and advanced certifications in Active Release Techniques, the gold standard in soft tissue care. The combination of Active Release Techniques and chiropractic care allows Dr. Martin to treat a variety of conditions including the spine, hands, feet, knees, and shoulders just to name a few.

Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) treatment is a hands-on procedure that allows the chiropractor to diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries related to muscle, tendon, fascia, and nerves. Specific injuries include: repetitive strains, adhesions, tissue hypoxia, and joint dysfunction.

There are many places where muscles, tendons, nerves, and fascia can be stressed. These restrictions can occur by themselves or along with the subluxation complex or other joint fixations. A subluxation is a minor misalignment of the vertebrae, causing an irritation to a nerve, and usually causes the loss of normal function. The results are an interruption of communication from the brain to any cell, tissue, or organ in the body. When trauma or injury occurs, from surgery, accidents, postural distortion or repetitive strain, the body’s natural response is to form scar tissue. Scarring has a detrimental effect, causing tissues to change and adhere to themselves as well as to other related structures. These Adhesions occur as a result of the injuries and are responsible for multiple pains and discomfort.

Active Release Techniques are specific treatment methods used to remove these adhesions brought on by the injuries at virtually every part of the musculoskeletal system. In the past, soft-tissue care has meant drugs, heat, cold, rest and massage. These treatments usually do not effectively solve the problem long-term. ART treatment protocols effectively solve these problems by treating the injury at the root cause and effectively alleviating the problem.


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.

For further information, go to

 ART informational brochure