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Frequently Asked Questions About Active Release Techniques

(1)     What is ART and how will it help me?


ART is a therapy that can help to provide permanent relief to acute and chronic problems that originate in soft-tissue such as muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and nerves. Chronic problems on average require 10 - 30 sessions to resolve but acute conditions require a varying number of sessions.


(2)     Is ART massage?


ART is not massage. Massage provides temporary relief in most cases while ART provides permanent relief. ART makes use of a combination of manual therapy with active movement to provide permanent relief. ART is not taught in schools of massage therapy.


(3)     Why does it take so many sessions if it is so effective?


ART is one of the most efficient methods for providing PERMANENT relief. Most other methods provide only temporary relief, and most require more treatment sessions. The first 5 sessions in ART are used to find out where the root cause of the problem is. Only after that will the techniques that benefit the client be used to improve the condition of the client during the next 5 sessions.


(4)     Is ART chiropractic?


No, ART is NOT chiropractic, contrary to what some chiropractors would have you believe. Chiropractic involves adjustment of joints using heavy thrusting. ART is very gentle and tries to address the root of the problem in the soft tissue. Chiropractic provides quick but often only temporary relief. ART may take a few sessions to provide relief, but the relief provided is PERMANENT. ART is not taught in schools of chiropractic although many chiropractics would have you think that they know ART.


(5)     How much do ART treatments cost?


Our sessions cost between S$180.00 and S$280.00 for between half an hour to an hour of consultation and work.

KinesioTaping costs an extra S$30.00 where required. This is a very special and costly Japanese tape. Please check out for more information. Tze-wei Lim is certified to perform KinesioTaping.


(6)     How long does each treatment last?


Each ART treatment lasts half and hour to an hour. Bare in mind that ART is not massage. It is a highly intensive type of treatment that should not be overdone.


(7)     Why is the treatment so short in duration?


ART is not massage but a highly intensive way of working a person’s soft-tissue. Overtreatment is easy and not healthy for your body, delaying healing.


(8)     Why is it so expensive?

Compare ART prices with chiropractic. It is normal for a chiropractor to charge $80 for 5 minutes of manual treatment that provides only temporary relief. Such treatment is usually life-long, ie the client would have to see the chiropractor for the rest of his life. The span of ART treatment is shorter because its positive effects are permanent.

(9)     What about massage?


Massage is useful for the prevention of injuries but will only provide temporary relief in most cases of chronic pain. In acute cases, massage may actually aggravate the condition experienced by the client.



(10)  What about TCM?


Tui-na and acupuncture use a different model (namely, the meridian or qi model) for their treatments. Tui-na attempts to free-up blockages of qi in the body that may be causing restriction and/or pain. Tui-na may help in some cases, but it is an indirect method of dealing with musculo-skeletal pain. ART is a more direct and mechanical method for dealing with musculo-skeletal pain. Acupuncture may be useful for physiological symptoms involving internal organ function, but seems to be very slow in producing an effect on musculo-skeletal pain. It is very indirect in the treatment of such problems.


(11)  Is ART physiotherapy?


No, ART is not physiotherapy. Physiotherapy includes the use of modalities like TENS, ultrasound, interferential current, and manual therapies like myofascial release and joint manipulation. None of these are similar to ART. Only physiotherapists trained and certified in ART may call themselves ART practitioners. ART is not taught in schools of physiotherapy.


(12)  What qualifications does the ART practitioner have?


ART practitioners generally have a background in 1 of 5 disciplines: Medicine, chiropractic, physiotherapy, athletic training, and massage therapy, but ART itself is not one of these disciplines. ART is a patented method of therapy, and each practitioner is certified personally by Michael Leahy, who invented ART. You can check out the website or the home page of this website for more information on training to be an ART practitioner.