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Active Release Technique

Active Release Techniques (ART) is a recently developed method for addressing soft tissue adhesions and dysfunctions.


Active Release Techniques

Active Release Techniques was developed by a doctor of Chiropractic based in Colorado, Dr. Michael Leahy.

His Aeronautical Engineering degree and experiences from the U.S. Air Force Academy were combined with his knowledge of human systems to find a better way to treat soft tissue injuries. The result was Active Release Techniques.

ART provides a way to diagnose and treat the underlying causes of cumulative trauma disorders that result in symptoms of numbness, tingling, burning and aching. ART is a type of manual hands-on therapy that corrects muscular and soft tissue problems caused by adhesion formation as a result of injury, overuse or cumulative trauma.

ART is not a magic bullet or cure-all. Active Release Techniques is noninvasive, very safe, and has virtually no side effects and comes with a record of very good results.


Treatments can be uncomfortable during the movement phases as the scar tissue or adhesions “Break up”. This is temporary and subsides almost immediately after the treatment. It is common to feel a duplication of your symptoms during the treatment, a good indication that the problem has been identified. Treatments are about 8-10 minutes per area treated and vary in number from 2 to 10 visits typically. Chiropractic manipulation is frequently done in addition to ART to increase the effectiveness. Patients report that “It hurts good”.

The list of conditions that ART can help is extensive. To name just a few conditions: Rotator Cuff injury (4 muscles that move and stabilize the shoulder), Tendinitis (runners shin splints, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow), Bursitis (the body’s anti-friction device for tendons), muscle pulls or strains, frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis, knee pain (Problems with quadriceps and iliotibial band), muscle weakness, strength imbalances, poor flexibility, poor posture, chronic muscle or joint pain and stiffness, on and on…… If you think you have “tried it all and nothing has worked”, you probably have not had ART.

Performance of any task: golfing, typing and running faster can also be improved significantly with ART. Restoring proper muscle function and movement enables the body to perform at its most efficient level. Adhesions create drag and tension, which requires more energy and effort to accomplish a desired movement. Reaction times are also improved as muscle function is improved. ART allows the body to do what you ask of it when you need it.


Dr. Sunil Pullukat

Founder, doctor of chiropractic.

Hi, I am Dr. Sunil Pullukat, co-founder of Elite. I’m a chiropractor that uses my hands to diagnosis and treat musculoskeletal injuries and prevent pain. After witnessing my mother go through cancer and eventually passing away, I realized that a lot of doctors only care about money and not about actually helping people. I also realized that many doctors are not well versed in natural approaches to increase the quality of life for patients.

I got into this field to find what natural treatments are the most effective in helping people reach their goals. I use techniques from all across the world, some ancient, some are new age sport medicine techniques. My goal is to educate and treat patients with the best evidence-based natural methods.


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