Active Release Techniques: Fixing Injuries Fast by Durlan Castro, DC

Ask any professional athlete about Active Release Technique and they will tell you about an injury that was fixed by it, or they will know a fellow athlete who has had ART performed on them. Yes, Active Release Technique is fast becoming a mainstay in many athletes training arsenal. Why? Because it works.


Nine years ago, I was suffering from a shoulder problem common to weight lifters and body builders. "Rotator Cuff Syndrome" effects many athletes and can leave you frustrated and depressed about training and your progress. For eight months, I sought professional help from orthopedic doctors to physical therapist and chiropractors, only to find very temporary relief but no cure. Feeling I was at the end of my rope, a friend introduced me to Dr. Michael Leahy (the founder and developer of ART) who was in town taking a sports physician seminar. I proceeded to tell Dr. Leahy about my condition, when it hurts, and all the other treatments I've had.

He grabbed my shoulder, evaluated it in about 3-5 minutes and asked, "Can I try something on you? There seems to be an adhesion at your subscapularis muscle" (one of four rotator cuff muscles). At this point, I would try any thing. I hadn't been able to do a bench press or even a push up in 8 months. Dr. Leahy laid me down, lifted my arm and placed his thumb inside my armpit. With a significant amount of tension, he held his placement under my arm and moved my arm from my stomach to over my head. I ignored the pain because somehow I had a feeling it was going to work, no one had done anything like this yet.

After a few procedures like this, Dr. Leahy asked me to do a push-up on the floor. I said, "I'll do it but it will probably hurt." I did not do just one, but 20 push-ups pain free. Amazing I thought, but how long it will last? Dr. Leahy assured me that by having 1-2 additional treatments, my shoulder pain would be resolved. Sure enough, after only 2 treatments my shoulder problem has never returned. "How can this be?" I wondered. Not the fact that it worked, but the fact that I had been to the top orthopedist and then recommended to an astonishing physical therapist and no one had ever heard or seen of this fantastic therapeutic technique before.

My first words to Dr. Leahy were, "Where and when can I learn this technique?" I signed up for what was only his fourth seminar and became the first ART provider on Long Island 9 years ago. Now, as an instructor, I have taught the handful of ART providers on the Island about this cutting edge technique that will surely revolutionize the way we treat injuries of any kind.

What is ART? ART is a patented, state-of-the-art soft-tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpel tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatic, plantar fasiitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common - they often result from injury to over- used muscles.

Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her 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. These treatment protocols - over 500 of them - are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that affect each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach. Each course of therapy is individually designed to resolve the patient's problems. Whether you are an office worker, a weekend warrior, or a world -class athlete, the preventative and restorative benefits of ART can help you perform at your best.

Active Release Techniques has allowed me to treat and help thousands of individuals who, like me, felt they were at the end of their rope. Hopefully, with the help of New Living and the continued referrals of our existing patients and athletes, we can help more Long Islanders get relief from their aches and pains.

Dr. Durlan Castro, Long Island's first ART provider/instructor has been performing this technique for over 9 years. He has worked with many professional and amateur athletes. Some of these include Dorian Yates (bodybuilder), Josh Evans (football), Frank Catallanoto (baseball), Tom Lips (soccer)and hundreds of Long Island's top high school and collegiate players. Dr. Durlan Castro is located at 1056 Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787. For more info, please contact: 631-486-9100