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The ‘Gold Standard’ in Soft Tissue Treatment

At Advanced Chiropractic we can now offer Active Release Techniques®, commonly known as ART®. It is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. All of these structures are commonly affected by overuse, also known as Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD). Such conditions can often be resolved quickly and permanently with ART®.

ART® was developed by chiropractor Dr Mike Leahy from Colorado Springs. He has spent the last 30 years upgrading and fine-tuning these techniques. ART has been very popular in USA and Canada for many years, and is now steadily becoming available in Europe.

Overuse syndrome


Overuse can cause changes in soft-tissues where your body produces tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue builds up and ties down tissues that need to be able to move freely. When scar tissue builds up you are likely to develop symptoms such as a reduced range of motion, loss of strength and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may feel tingling, numbness and weakness too.


ART treatment

Every ART session is a combination of assessment and treatment. The ART provider uses his hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

There are over 600 different protocols that are unique to ART. These protocols require the provider to have an extremely high level of anatomy knowledge and some form of medical background.
This method is used by physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths. They have all had to go through extensive training and practice to be able to develop a very advanced ‘feel’ for the tissues, their texture, tension and movement. One has to pass a number of practical exams to be able to become a Certified ART provider.

Paul S. Espe – BSC(Honors)in Physiotherapy


Paul S. Espe is a trained physiotherapist who graduated from King’s College London more than 17 years ago. He has extensive knowledge and experience in many areas of physiotherapy including professional sports, private clinics, hospitals and private businesses. During the last 9 years he has been running his own very successful clinic in Norway. Facebook
ART was brought to Europe in 2009, and Paul took part in one of the first training courses. He is now part of the ART Europe Team that is responsible for training new providers.
Espes ART qualifications:
✓    Full body certified  (Spine, upper limb, lower limb)
✓    Active Palpation
✓    Long Tract Nerve Entrapment
✓    Complex protocol
Paul is also qualified in Graston technique. This technique also compliments ART very well.

IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation)

We would recommend you to have an assessment with Paul S. Espe. You have probably tried many different forms of treatment, but you are most likely to have never tried ART. You may be surprised by how specific this manual therapy is and will see how useful this is in treating various problems. By combining this Gold Standard in soft tissue treatment with Advanced Chiropractic and specific rehabilitation/training body is taken care of in the best possible way.

A few references:

“Active Release (ART) is without doubt the best soft tissue technique for muscles injuries and nerve entrapment’s. I use ART every day in clinical practice whether its Joe public or a professional athlete. The technique allows me to get the results I want time and time again. I would highly recommend ART to any health professional working in the musculoskeletal field. The seminar delivery is excellent giving the provider a solid knowledge base of functional anatomy, diagnosis and the treatment of soft tissue, occupational and sports injuries.” Shane Lawlor Director of Lawlor Chiropractic & Sports Injuries and Consultant Sports Chiropractor for ProGolf Health

“I am using ART in my daily work as a physiotherapist. At the Olympic Winter games in Vancouver 2010 I had the honor to treat the athletes of the German National Ice Hockey Team. I have been taking care of the team for seven years now and since I started using ART, I get a lot more satisfying results." Martin Abraham, Munich Germany

“We find the technique quick to administer, results are immediate and the effect can be profound. We are now using ART as our first line approach to soft-tissue management. In basic terms, this method of manipulating the muscles and other soft tissues differ from other treatment types as it combines manual input with active movement from the patient.” Head Physio Paris Payne, Leeds Rhinos & Carnegie


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