ART® is an elite soft-tissue management system developed by Dr. P. Michael Leahy. It is the most well known technique among chiropractors, physical therapists, and bodyworkers.
That’s Dr. Leahy on the left inspecting Rahim Moore’s calf. Aside from being the inventor of ART® and an amazing chiropractor in his own right, Leahy also has a background in engineering.
How Does ART® Work?
ART® works by breaking up adhered and unhealthy tissues in the body. When muscles are exposed to an unusual amount of stress the body attempts to reinforce the muscle through increasing tension and laying down collagen fibers. While these collagen fibers and tension help adapt the body to the specific stress it is being exposed to (typing at a keyboard all day for example) these adaptations may become prevent proper tissue movement (resulting in carpal tunnel symptoms). Through a combination of pressure and tension by the practitioner and movement (usually active) on the part of the client, these collagen fibers and scar tissue are broken up – restoring normal range of motion and blood flow – restoring pain free movement, endurance, and strength.