Dr. Aldrich is certified in Active Release Technique of the Spine, Upper Extremities, and Lower Extremities. He has treated many conditions and injuries that involve all joints and muscles of the body.

What is ART?

active-release-techniqueART 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 ART. 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?

ART_logo_2010Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his 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.

Each ART  treatment only takes a few passes over the damaged structures and accomplishes greater results in a very short period of time verses other soft tissue therapies.  ART is extremely effective when it comes to treating soft tissue damage in athletic injuries such as Plantar Fasciitis, Hamstring tears, Rotator Cuff tears and even in Workers Compensation Injuries of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or other types of strains.