ART is a specialized type of myofascial release technique. It works well for many types of injuries and conditions.
ART is a trademarked term. Dr. Mike Leahy, D.C. ‘developed’ the technique. There are many doctors and therapists that know how to do ART that can not advertise that they perform it because they haven’t taken the certification seminar. The seminars are one weekend long and cost 1500-2000 dollars.
There are three different seminars for different body areas. Therefore, cost prevents many people from becoming certified. Some schools teach the general technique, without getting into detail regarding specific protocols. Once you know the basic principle and have seen the procedure demonstrated, it is just a matter of applying it to the injured area. While it would be great to have individual instruction at a seminar, the technique can be learned by using the books and practice, as mastery will not be achieved during a weekend long seminar either.
Personally I feel that the seminar is pricey (Sorry Tim, I know you guys are friends), especially when you consider that the general population has never heard of active release. I guess if enough athletes, etc would be referred to your clinic specifically for ART, then it would justify the expense. If the seminar was half the price, the number of ART certifications would increase significantly.
Regarding the therapy, let’s say you strained your bicep. The doc would assess the injury, locate the ‘lesion’ and then place the bicep in a contracted position. Next, they would contact the lesion and draw tension/pressure across the lesion. The patient then actively extends the arm while the doc maintains the above noted contact, etc. This would be repeated for a few reps. That would be a basic treatment. More involved injuries would require more in depth work-up treatment.
The treatment can be very effective and I use a variation (wink, wink) of it everyday in my practice. However, I am not listed on any ART site.
I would call a doc/therapist in your area and ask them what kind of myofascial treatments they offer. They may be able to effectively treat the area without you having to go to a different country.
If you have any questions please feel free to PM me.