Questions Asked Prior to Making an Appointment
- What is Active Release Techniques® or ART?
Active Release Techniques® is a very specific muscle treatment for problems with soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia and nerves). ART can successfully resolve more than 300 muscle and fascial injuries and more than 100 nerve entrapments.
- How is ART different from other massage techniques?
ART is considered a type of myofascial release. ART can remove scar tissue and adhesions from injured soft tissue, whereas basic massage will not.
- How long does a session last?
The length of an appointment is determined by what issues are being addressed. Low back pain issues usually take about 40 minutes, tennis elbow usually takes about 15 minutes, and all other issues fall between those times.
- How many sessions will it take to clear up my problem?
No one can say for sure how long it will take; however, over the years I have had excellent results using this technique and the time away from work or play is substantially reduced while using ART. Most people find positive results with just one treatment.
- How much does it cost?
Nationally, the price of an ART session is between $50 and $250. The cost of one ART session in my office is $75. But if you purchase a package of five, the cost is $300.00, the best value.
Questions Asked After an Appointment
- ART is a great technique. How does it work?
First you have to understand how the muscle was injured and how it feels while going through its range of motion (ROM). Using my palpation (touch) skills, I locate the injury to the soft tissue, and then, using ROM, I can relieve the muscle of the trauma, a type of neuromuscular reeducation. The body senses the application of the technique and returns the muscle to its proper state.
- I have experienced chiropractic medicine, acupuncture and other massage therapy techniques, and nothing works this fast. Why haven’t I ever heard of this before?
This technique began in the athletic community to assist athletes with injuries and performance enhancement. It has just recently begun to move into the mainstream, where health care providers are using it with great success on all soft tissue injuries.
- Do you accept insurance?
No. I have gone to a reimbursement sheet, where I am paid at time of treatment and the client submits this form with whatever other forms the insurance company wants for reimbursement.
- Do medical doctors approve of this technique?
Yes. I currently receive referrals from the local medical community. I often receive referrals from doctors in other areas of the country who know what ART is and what it can do. They use the ART Web site to find providers in other areas. I have used the same Web site to find ART providers for my clients.