In November 2014, Dr. David Perna became part of the ART Elite Provider Network, one of the first in the New York City area.

This patented, non-invasive soft tissue system combines medical massage and patient movements to identify and remove scar tissue which have resulted from overuse or injurious repetitive use. Scar tissue can affect both athletes and non-athletes.

Scar tissue can restrict and reduce normal movement of ligaments, tendons, and muscles. When left untreated, it will increasingly restrict the affected tissues, which can lead to trapped nerves, tendonitis and weakened muscles. These problems can lead to stiffness, decreased range of motion and strength, pain, weakness, tingling, or numbness.

The Active Release Technique system is designed to treat problems related to nerves, fascia, tendons, muscles, and ligaments. It was developed and patented by Dr. P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. By utilizing ART, he was able to resolve more than 90% of his patients’ issues. Dr. Leahy now trains and certifies healthcare providers worldwide to use this system. It is performed by various practitioners, including sports physicians, chiropractors, and physical and massage therapists. More than 500 unique protocols facilitate accurate diagnosis and customized treatment programs tailored to the patient.

This treatment method is a combined effort on the part of the practitioner and the patient. First, the practitioner will examine the abnormal tissue in order to evaluate the mobility, tightness, and texture of affected muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and fascia. Next, the patient will perform specific movements as directed by the practitioner, who is simultaneously applying tension to the precise point of dysfunction.

There are many benefits from this technique, including restored suppleness, flexibility, and functionality to soft tissue, which can result in less pain. The ART system can be used for conditions such as:

  • Sciatica
  • Trigger Points
  • Headaches
  • Neck and Back pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Illiotibial Band Syndrome
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Plantar Fasciitis

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