Active Release Technique

Active Release Therapy® (ART) is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue, movement-based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Among the more than four dozen problems that can be resolved quickly and permanently through an expert application of ART are: back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of damaged muscles from:

  • Soft tissue trauma (pulls, tears, collisions, etc);
  • Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma);
  • Oxygen deficiency (hypoxia).

Each of these factors can cause the body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons can lead to tendonitis, and nerves can become entrapped. The net result is reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain.

At LA Sports Performance Care, every ART session is a combination of examination and treatment. We use our experienced hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. We then treat abnormal tissues with a combination of precisely directed tension and specifically targeted patient movements, of which there are more than 500 in the ART treatment protocol.

Dr. Steven Gautreau is a master practitioner and instructor in ART. In addition to his practice, he has been contracted by several large corporations to provide on sight ART therapy to their employees. Through this arrangement he has helped significantly reduce worker compensation costs at these companies.