ART stands for Active-Release Technique.  It is a medically patented soft-tissue technique used to restore muscle length and function by breaking up myofacial-adhesions, restoring oxygen to the tissues allowing each muscle fiber to glide back and forth like silk and without friction.


  1. During exercise and activity, muscles contract – relax, repeatedly over and over again.
  2. If an injury occurs, oxygen to those muscles becomes depleted and overtime prevents proper healing to occur.
  3. Oxygen deprivations within the muscle fibers cause fibrinogen to form.
  4. Fibrinogen is the precursor to scar tissue.

Scar-tissue not only causes pain but also decreases an person’s ability to function by means of lessening their range-of motion causing other muscle to compensate. Compensation leads the athlete prone to further injury. ART treats and prevents all of those problems making ART the Gold Standard of soft-tissue techniques.


Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her 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.

Dr. Max Cohen is a Certified Provider in Active Release Technique, as well as an ART Ironman Provider. He gets amazing results with local athletes and those just looking to move and perform pain-free. Please call our office for a free consultation to see how ART can work for you! 561.249.0373