Active Release Techniques (ART)


Both Dr. Chad Wells and Dr. Todd Plutchok are certified full-body (Upper Extremity/ Spine/ Lower Extremity) Active Release Techniques (ART) providers.  They use ART to release scar tissue and adhesions which develop many times as a result of overuse or repetitive strain type injuries.  This acts to loosen up tight or spasmodic muscles, increase range of motion, correct improper biomechanics, and provide symptomatic relief.


ART Testimonial:

 “As an Olympic athlete I have have received treatment from several chiropractors, physical therapists and trainers over the years.  Several months ago I was referred to Dr. Wells by my strength coach at the Olympic Training Center.  Dr. Wells has not only eliminated all of my persistent sports related injuries, he has helped me become a more biomechanically sound and efficient athlete.  His unique approach using the ART (Active Release Techniques) in conjunction with his expertise on sports related adjustments has helped me compete at the world class level.  I couldn’t recommend a better doctor with the actual knowledge and ability to make you become a higher performing athlete.” – Jeff Smoke (USA Kayak – 2004 Olympian)



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, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with A.R.T. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.”


How do overuse conditions occur?

“Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

1. Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
2. Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
3. Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)

Each of these factors can cause your 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 causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.”


What is an ART treatment like?

“Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ARTprovider 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.”


What is the history of Active Release Techniques?

“ART has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients’ symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients’ problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART.”

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