The Goal of Active Release Technique (ART) is to:

 

-restore optimal tissue texture, tension, and movement.

-restore the strength, flexibility, relative translation, and function of the soft-tissue.

-release any soft-tissue restrictions, entrapped nerves, restricted circulatory structures, or lymphatic restrictions.

To effectively treat soft-tissue restrictions, injuries, and chronic pain, ART alters the tissue structure by breaking up the restrictive cross-fiber adhesions (which cause adjacent tissues to stick together) and restores normal function to the soft-tissue areas.

 

ART protocols allow soft-tissue layers (that were once restricted) to move freely over each other and help to correct a wide range of myofascial and nerve entrapment syndromes.

Check out the following website for more information: Active Release Techniques