Active Release Techniques®

Active Release Techniques® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based technique that treats problems associated with muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves.  Common symptoms that are relieved through ART® are:

  • Headaches
  • Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle Pulls and Strains
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Runners Knee & Knee Problems
  • Running Injuries
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome

ART® is commonly associated with physical therapy, massage therapy and chiropractic care.  While those other techniques work extremely well in conjunction with ART®, the distinction remains. Every ART® session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. Whether you are world-class athlete looking to improve in your next competition or you are a stay-at home mom with headaches that just won’t go away, then ART® just might be for you.

How does ART® work?

Dr. Ronda uses 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 ART® 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. Ronda VanderWall is the leader in providing Active Release Techniques® in the Greater-Grand Rapids Area.  Not only has Dr. Ronda earned full body certification, she is also an ART® Ironman Provider, one of very few in the area. Being an Ironman Provider works hand-in-hand with Dr. Ronda’s hobbies as she is an active triathlete in the community as well.

What is the history of Active Release Techniques®?

ART® has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients’ symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients’ problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART®.