Active release technique (ART) is a soft tissue movement-based massage technique that treats a wide range of muscular problems in areas such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Doctor Bomberg utilizes ART as a part of movement-based massage for triathletes and marathon runners. The technique is effective at relieving pain associated with these athletic activities.

What Conditions Does ART Treat?

A few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART include:


●        Headaches

●        Back pain

●        Carpal tunnel syndrome

●        Shin splints

●        Shoulder pain

●        Sciatica

●        Plantar fasciitis

●        Knee problems

●        Tennis elbow


These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

How Do These Conditions Occur in Triathletes and Marathon Runners?

Triathlons and marathons can affect muscles in three ways:


●        Acute conditions, such as pulls, tears, collisions

●        Accumulation of small tears in the tissue

●        Lack of adequate oxygen


Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped, you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

What Can You Expect From ART Treatment?

Active release technique sessions include thorough exams, diagnosis, and treatment. Dr. Bomberg uses his 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.


ART includes over 500 unique moves. They allow Dr. Bomberg to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting your performance and causing your pain.

How is Movement-Based Massage Different From Other Soft Tissue Techniques?

Movement-based massage uses the movement of the patient to create tension on scar tissue. Every session combines an examination and treatment, which targets the soft tissue that has been injured. ART treats specific muscles, which target the exact area of the scar within each tissue. Unlike massage or other myofascial release techniques, ART includes patient participation to complete the treatment. It’s different than just asking the patient to lie on a table.

Schedule ART Treatment for Your Pain Today

If you are suffering from muscle or joint pain and are seeking instant relief, contact Bomberg Chiropractic. We offer a wide range of chiropractic pain treatments, as well as movement-based massage.


To schedule a consultation or chiropractic treatment, call us at 763-450-1755. You can also send a message to