THE DEVELOPMENT OF ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUES®
Dr. P. Michael Leahy began to develop ART in the 1980s while working with elite athletes. Before becoming a chiropractor in 1984, he had pursued engineering in the Air Force; as he studied athletes’ movement, he realized he could combine his engineering acumen with his chiropractic knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics to quickly treat their soft tissue disorders and get them back to peak performance as quickly as possible.
In 1988, Dr. Leahy’s colleagues convinced him to hold a seminar to teach his groundbreaking treatment method. After the initial seminar overflowed with interested physicians, he quickly began to formalize a training method for ART. Today, more than 10,000 providers have been trained in Dr. Leahy’s ever-evolving techniques, transforming the lives of more than 100 million people worldwide. Now, our expanded European seminar program promises to deliver the power of ART to an even greater audience.
UPPER EXTREMITY LEVEL 1
In this seminar, you’ll learn how to treat common musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, and shoulder injuries. The seminar covers approximately 107 protocols and 35 nerve entrapment techniques, as well as instruction in anatomy and palpation. No prerequisites are required. (For some neck and shoulder problems, the ART Spine Seminar protocols are necessary to completely resolve the injury.)
UPPER EXTREMITY LEVEL 2
Building on Level 1, which focuses primarily on individual anatomic structures, you’ll learn advanced techniques to treat and restore motion between structures to optimize movement. You’ll learn to treat shoulder impingement syndrome and other shoulder dysfunctions, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and repetitive stress syndromes, and more. (For some neck and shoulder problems, you might need protocols from the ART Spine seminars.) This seminar includes approximately 89 protocols, each with palpation steps to increase your accuracy and effectiveness, as well as instruction in anatomy. Certification in Upper Extremity Level 1 is a prerequisite for this seminar.
LOWER EXTREMITY LEVEL 1
In this seminar, you’ll learn how to treat common musculoskeletal disorders from the hip to the toes, including trochanteric bursitis, iliotibial band syndrome, patellofemoral pain syndrome, and plantar fasciitis. (For lower back and hip problems, it may be beneficial also to take the ART Spine Seminar.) This seminar includes approximately 96 protocols and peripheral nerve entrapment techniques, as well as instruction in anatomy and palpation. No prerequisites are required.
LOWER EXTREMITY LEVEL 2
Building on your Level 1 experience, you’ll master new ART techniques to learn to treat soft-tissue complaints from the hip down. While the emphasis for the Level 1 protocols is on treatment of individual structures, the Level 2 seminar focuses on restoring normal relative motion between structures to optimize the body’s movement patterns. (For lower back and hip problems, it may be beneficial to take the ART Spine Seminar.) This advanced seminar includes approximately 73 protocols, each with palpation steps, as well as instruction in anatomy. Certification in Lower Extremity Level 1 is a prerequisite for this seminar.
SPINE LEVEL 1
Learn to treat common soft-tissue disorders and associated articulations of the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spine. This seminar covers approximately 82 protocols—including nerve entrapments—as well as instruction in anatomy and palpation. No prerequisites are required to take this seminar; however, with many spine problems, it may be necessary to treat both the upper and lower extremities in order to fully resolve the patient’s specific issue.
SPINE LEVEL 2
While the Level 1 Spine seminar focuses on treating each individual structure associated with the spine, the Level 2 seminar builds on your Level 1 experience, teaching you to restore relative motion between spinal structures to improve spinal movement. This advanced seminar includes approximately 89 protocols, each with palpation steps, as well as instruction in anatomy. (With many spine problems, it may be necessary also to treat both the upper and lower extremities.) Certification in Spine Level 1 is a prerequisite for this seminar.
This seminar includes all three level-one seminars. It applies to all practices, whether they are sports-oriented or geared towards activities of daily living. The Full-Body Seminar combines everything in the Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, and Spine seminars: approximately 107 upper extremity protocols, 82 spine protocols, 96 lower extremity protocols, and all included peripheral nerve entrapments. You can learn more by reading the descriptions of those seminars (above).
In this seminar, you’ll learn to treat terminal, local, and long-tract nerve entrapments throughout the body to address
a variety of conditions, including occipital neuralgia, thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and more. This seminar contains approximately 90 protocols, as well as anatomy, palpation, and treatment steps. The updated long-tract nerve seminar is included as part of this course.
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Not sure if an ART seminar is right for you, what to expect, or where to begin? Below we’ve provided the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have further questions, please send us an email.
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CANCELLATION AND RETURNS
Please note that travel arrangements should not be made until confirmation that registration in a seminar has been received and approved to avoid change fees.
All cancellations and returns must be made within 90 days from the date of purchase to receive a refund. Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the seminar start date to receive a full refund. All cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the seminar start date will be refunded, minus a $100 cancellation fee. All participants who cancel a seminar and receive a refund must also return the study materials for that seminar. Due to the personalized nature of the study materials, all returns on study material will incur a $295 return fee. All returns must be cleared through the ART office, and ART must receive the materials and inspect them before issuing a refund. A “Returned Materials Declaration” must also be signed and returned verifying that the study materials have not been reproduced or distributed. Refunds will be applied to the original credit card or by the original form of payment only. Any attendance of a live class voids all seminar refunds, regardless of the date of purchase.
**IMPORTANT: Functional Movement is paid a portion of the seminar fees for the SFMA certification. Providers who are taking the SFMA portion for the first time will NOT be refunded the Functional Movement fee if they have accessed the required online pre-seminar material.