ART for CrossFit Athletes | Manhattan Sports Therapy


At Manhattan Sports Therapy, we provide effective therapy techniques to treat a variety of muscle pain and injuries. If you are a CrossFit athlete suffering from back pain, muscle tightness, shin splints, knee injuries, shoulder pain, or other injuries, our Active Release Technique (ART) can provide permanent relief. ART focuses on soft tissue and can correct a variety of musculoskeletal issues and injuries that commonly result in CrossFit athletes.

Here Are 3 Common Questions About the Active Release Technique:

1. What Is ART?

ART is a state-of-the-art process that manipulates soft tissue to rebuild muscle integrity. Over time, muscles can become shorter and weakened from repetitive overuse, and scar tissue can also build up. This is a common occurrence in CrossFit athletes because of the intense physical exercises and repetitive training they do on a regular basis.

ART therapy offers many benefits to CrossFit athletes. It can:

  • Relieve compressed nerves
  • Improve poor biomechanics
  • Increase mobility
  • Decrease pain

The Active Release Technique was developed in the 1980s by a chiropractor in Colorado. Since its first use, it has become widely recommended by chiropractors and physicians to treat muscle and soft tissue injuries. Furthermore, nearly every professional North American sports team uses ART prior to and after competitions, and it is now being used by football clubs and cycling teams in the UK. Its proven results has made it an effective, common therapy for preventing and treating injuries.

Not only is it used by athletes, but it can also benefit others who have suffered muscle or soft tissue trauma in car accidents, slip and falls, and other incidents. Muscles can become tight and lead to neck pain and headaches, or cause serious conditions like tennis elbow, Sciatica, and Plantar fasciitis. Our ART doctor in New York can help patients young and old relieve pain, increase mobility, heal injuries to muscles, and repair soft tissue damage.

2. What Does the Process Look Like?

ART works to relieve fibrous adhesions, or muscle knots. The process begins by having the patient shorten the muscle, usually by flexing it and making it tight. Then, the physician will apply manual pressure to the shortened muscle. With the physician’s fingers providing steady tension, the patient will slowly stretch out and lengthen the muscle. Although it may hurt a bit, many patients describe it as a good stretching pain. The technique increases the nervous system’s tolerance by gradually stretching the muscles and relieving pain from fibrous adhesions.

Each muscle, ligament, tendon, and nerve has a specific treatment procedure when using ART therapy. It is also very effective when combined with other muscle, facial, and nerve therapy techniques. This means you can combine other chiropractic methods with ART therapy to improve your symptoms and heal your injuries in a safe and efficient manner.

3. How Can ART Benefit CrossFit Athletes?

CrossFit athletes often suffer from shortened muscles, muscle knots, and soft tissue damage from intense exercises. ART therapy can provide effective relief for a variety of problems. It can also help prevent injuries by increasing the strength and flexibility of your muscles.

ART can help treat various issues, including:

  • Spinal problems
  • Chronic tightness in the muscles
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Over-trained muscles and tendons
  • Pulled hamstrings
  • Shoulder impingement

ART therapy can also help treat Achilles’ issues, Plantar fasciitis, and chronic foot pain. By slowly stretching and lengthening the muscles with carefully applied pressure, ART can get rid of fibrous adhesions, relieve pain, and strengthen your musculoskeletal structure. It can also help reduce scar tissue and help prevent permanent damage to joints and soft tissue.

Call Manhattan Sports Therapy Today at (646) 798-1330

At Manhattan Sports Therapy, we help injured patients get the pain relief and effective treatment they need. Whether you are a CrossFit athlete or someone suffering from chronic muscle pain and tightness, ART therapy can provide a solution. We can diagnose your issues, provide knowledgeable advice, and perform ART therapy to remedy the problem and improve your overall health and wellbeing.

Your road to healing starts with us. Contact our ART doctor in New York today to schedule an appointment.


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