What is active release techniques (Art)?
ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, auto accident injuries and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused or injured muscles.
Michael Leahy DC, CCSP of Colorado Springs, developed ART. He realized that by adjusting misaligned/injured joints, he was only addressing part of the problem for his patients, many of who were athletes.
By using his education in physics and mechanical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and anatomy, physiology and biomechanics from Chiropractic College, he identified how connective/soft tissues break down forming adhesions and scar tissue. This explained why many of his patient’s symptoms were not clearing with physical therapy and adjustments alone.
Once this was realized, the solution became evident. ART uses active patient participation. While the practitioner applies contact in specific locations, the patient actively moves a body part or region to release fibrotic scar tissue or trapped nerves to their normal physiologic function.
Is ART Right For Me?
Dr. Michael Whalen who is full body trained and certified in ART is a local Virginia Beach resident. His hobbies include running, biking, surfing, lifting, and skiing, which eventually resulted in an injury. It was through his own personal process of self discovery that led him to his current profession.
He is located at 1427 N. Great Neck Road, Suite 103 between Havana’s and Venuto’s. He is a board certified chiropractic physician and certified by the Virginia board of medicine in Acupuncture. His facility uses the latest diagnostic and Physical Therapy equipment. He has treated hundreds of Tidewater residents, many of whom were auto accident victims or athletes; however, most were just average people with some type of overuse syndrome or chronic condition.
To learn more if ART is right for you, contact Dr. Whalen at 496-3229 for a complimentary consultation or link to ART for more info.