About Active Release Techniques

Dr. Phillips is full body certified in Active Release Techniques (ART), a patented, soft tissue movement and stretching technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.  Overuse of muscles can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue.  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 never is trapped, you may also feel tingling, numbness and weakness. 
The goal of ART is to restore optimal texture, motion and function to the soft tissue, and release entrapped nerves or blood vessels.  Dr. Phillips uses ART to treat a number of soft tissue injuries, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Bunions
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Foot pain/injury
  • Gait Imbalances
  • Golf Injuries
  • Hammer Toes
  • Hand Injuries
  • Headaches
  • Hip Pain
  • ILIO Tibial Band Syndrome
  • Impingement Syndromes
  • Joint Dysfunction
  • Knee Pain
  • Leg Injuries
  • Muscle pulls, strains or weakness
  • Myofascitis
  • Neck Pain                                      
  • Nerve Entrapment Syndrome
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Rib pain
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Running Injuries
  • *Scar Tissue Formation
  • Sciatica
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Swimmers Shoulder
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Throwing Injuries
  • Weight Lifting Injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Wrist Injuries

ART Treatments
At the beginning of each appointment, Dr. Phillips evaluates the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves in the affected area.  He treats any abnormalities with a combination of precisely directed tension and very specific patient movements.  Dr. Phillips is well versed in the more than 500 specific movements that are unique to ART treatment protocols and custom designs a unique approach to each individual patient.
The History of Active Release Techniques
ART was developed, refined and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP of Colorado Springs, CO.  Utilizing his background in aeronautical engineering and anatomy, Dr. Leahy developed ART to treat soft tissue problems, which were not responding to other traditional treatments.  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 resolve over 90% of his patients' problems.  He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART.