The gold standard in soft tissue treatment.

Active Release Techniques (ART®) is a patented soft tissue treatment that requires intensive training and dedication by the health care professional providing the treatment.

What is ART®?

ART® is one of the most innovative and effective treatments available for sports injuries, soft tissue injuries and overuse conditions. Repetitive stress, surgery or trauma can result in the build up of scar tissue and adhesions within soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves). These adhesions hinder movement and function causing symptoms of pain, numbness, weakness and reduced range of motion. Active Release Techniques® is a non-invasive treatment method that eliminates adhesions within soft-tissues, alleviates symptoms and improves range of motion. It is a direct, hands-on treatment that uses tension and movement to return tissue to its correct texture and function.

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. Active Release Techniques® is not a cookie-cutter approach.

ART® is especially effective in treating sports injuries and reducing recovery time for athletes, as restoring proper muscle function enables the body to perform at its most efficient level. Marathon runners, ironman competitors along with professional athletes like the NHL and NFL players credit ART® with helping them achieve peak performance.

Specifically Designed

  • Restores tissue texture, tissue tension and tissue movement
  • Improves strength and flexibility of the tissues
  • Releases any soft tissue restrictions and/or entrapped nerves
  • Effectively resolves the underlying problems causing your symptoms

A common response from patients is, "I have had this pain for a long time and up until now, and no one has been able to find the cause. You found the source of the problem right away."


Dr. Ryley is officially certified as an Active Release Techniques® provider in Rochester MN, a specialized soft tissue management system that is so different from other systems, it has been granted a medical patent. In order to become an ART® provider, each professional must complete extensive hands-on instruction and written/practical testing unparalleled by other soft tissue programs.

This specialized treatment combined with stretching education and therapeutic exercises are proven to reduce symptoms, restore proper biomechanics (through the chiropractic adjustment), improve flexibility and decrease the chance of recurrence.

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