Dr. Michael Leahy, the creator of the technique and founder of ART, along with many dedicated ART team members never cease working to improve and update the technique to deliver the highest quality education, leading to the best possible patient care.

We now have over 100 certified ART providers throughout Australia and that number is quickly growing due to the widespread knowledge of the benefits of ART in patients and providers alike. ART treatments delivers incredible results through simple techniques that require a great deal of expertise, so those that are currently certified are dedicated ART providers.

Why take an ART course?

The Gold Standard in Soft Tissue Treatment

  • Begin learning some of ART’s 600+ patented protocols giving you an edge by allowing you to treat and care for patients in a way other healthcare providers cannot offer.
  • Learn to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves.
  • Develop an advanced feel for the tissues and their texture, tension, movement and function.
  • Learn to evaluate the movement of each tissue individually and relative to those adjacent to it.
  • Learn the principles of ART: shorten the tissue apply a contact tension and lengthen or slide the tissue.
  • Develop skills to locate every tissue by touch and make fast and permanent changes to them.
  • Learn to treat overuse conditions which change the muscle in three important ways:
    • Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.)
    • Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
    • Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)

Who can take an ART course?

In order to participate in an Active Release Technique Soft-Tissue Management training course, you must be a licensed health care professional with soft-tissue malpractice insurance. In other words, you must be licensed/certified to perform soft tissue treatment on patients/clients.

Some areas of certifications include chiropractors, medical and osteopathic doctors, occupational therapists and assistants, physiotherapists, massage therapists, personal trainers (with soft tissue malpractice insurance), and students studying towards any of these certifications with proof of enrolment. Please call 0449867552 if you have a question in regards to certifications not listed.

Course requirements:

  • You must be a licensed healthcare professional
  • You must have soft tissue malpractice insurance
  • You must have an advanced foundational understanding of anatomy and physiology

Where do I start?

We have no preference which core course you start with. Most providers choose by venue, since travel is obviously a consideration, or by which course will benefit their practice the most.

ART® seminars are designed to help students learn the ART® protocols with a combination of textbook study, lecture and hand-on practice. Students will study written and video materials prior to attending the course. While at the seminar approximately 20% of instruction will be delivered via lecture, while the remaining 80% will be hands-on practice under the guidance of skilled ART® instructors. Each course culminates with a practical exam. We require participants to pass a minimum proficiency to become “Certified”.

Course objectives stated in measurable and behavioural terms as correlated to Bloom’s Taxonomy.

  1. Locates correct structures when asked, based on anatomical names (Knowledge)
  2. Selects the appropriate protocol treatment for the structure identified as having an issue (Knowledge)
  3. Explains the patient movement required to shorten and lengthen the structure of interest (Comprehension)
  4. Restates the Law of Repetitive Motion and identifies implications for muscular skeletal disorders (Comprehension)
  5. Applies the learned contact, tension and motion of a protocol to a structure on an instructor who is imitating a patient (Application)
  6. Produces the full structural movement required to effectively resolve issues with muscle or tissues (Application)
  7. Correctly differentiates healthy versus unhealthy tissue based on biomechanical principles using palpation (Analysis)
  8. Compares the movement and feel of healthy versus unhealthy tissue to detect problems with muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves within the human anatomical system (Analysis)
  9. Gives an example of a clinical presentation expected for an issue for a particular protocol structure (Synthesis)
  10. Develops an effective treatment plan for patients incorporating Active Release Techniques integrated with past training (Synthesis)
  11. Recommends correct protocol both for structure involved as well as location of unhealthy tissue within the structure (Evaluation)
  12. Provides peer-review critique to colleagues who are demonstrating protocol application (Evaluation)

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