ART Muscle Therapy

Active Release Technique Therapy

Active Release Techniques® is the global leader in non-invasive soft tissue therapy which includes treatment of muscle strains, ligamentous sprains, and other musculoskeletal disorders.

ART Spine Level 1 Certified

Treatment of structures pertaining to the upper, middle, and lower back, abdomen, neck, jaw, and head. Dr. Centofonti is Active Release Techniques (ART muscle therapy) in the spine.

ART Lower Extremity Level 1 Certified

Treatment of structures pertaining to the feet, ankles, legs, knees, and hips. Dr. Centofonti is Active Release Techniques (ART muscle therapy) in the lower extremity. This includes things like plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee and hip pain.

ART Upper Extremity Level 1 Certified

Treatment of structures pertaining to the hands, wrists, arms, and shoulders, Dr. Centofonti is Active Release Techniques (ART muscle therapy) in the upper extremity including conditions like rotator cuff syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, golfers elbow, and tennis elbow.

ART Muscle Therapy

Zygo Sport and Spine does not solely rely on chiropractic adjustments. Soft tissue imbalances are a catalyst that accompanies dysfunction. We believe in using a multifaceted approach when treating musculoskeletal conditions which includes Active Release Techniques, the gold standard in soft tissue therapy. By complementing chiropractic adjustments or solely using soft tissue therapy/soft tissue mobilization, we produce fast, effective and long-lasting results for our patients.

With any soft tissue injury, there is aberrant joint motion, resulting in pain and dysfunction. Soft tissue injuries can be caused by a single traumatic event such as lifting heavy objects, or through repetitive stresses, such as running, cycling, swimming, throwing a baseball, playing volleyball, golf, or even sitting a desk for long periods of time. When soft tissues are injured, they undergo physical and chemical changes that create inflammation, which is the number one cause of pain and altered function. This is where ART muscle therapy comes in.

The goal of our soft tissue therapy is to restore soft tissue mobilization, alleviating bio-mechanical stress and tension, allowing surrounding structures to heal. We also work to strengthen the necessary muscles through physical therapy and rehabilitation, re-training muscles and creating strength and endurance so the issue does return.

What is Active Release Technique Therapy?

Active Release Technique therapy is a patented, soft tissue therapy that treats conditions within muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, neck pain, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, tennis elbow, and golfers elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART muscle therapy. These conditions are often a result of overused muscles. Dr. Centofonti is a full body certified Active Release Techniques provider.

How do problems and injuries occur in soft tissue?

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  1. Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
  2. Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  3. Lack of oxygen

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue. Scar tissue causes adhesions within and around tissues preventing them from moving freely. As scar tissue builds, muscles become shorter, weaker, and cause other muscles to compensate for loads they aren’t expecting resulting in injury. Tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become entrapped causing numbness, tingling, and weakness. All of these conditions can cause reduced ranges of motion, loss of muscle strength, and ultimately pain.

What is Active Release Technique therapy like?

Every Active Release Technique therapy session is a combination of examination and treatment. The Active Release provider uses his or her hands to evaluate texture, tone, function, and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal soft tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to Active Release Technique therapy. They allow us to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.

How Does Active Release Technique Therapy Work?

Release Muscles

Active Release Technique therapy works by releasing muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia that no longer function properly due to overuse or injury.


ART Certified Providers utilize a hands-on diagnostic process, assessing affected areas in order to pinpoint the damaged and inflamed tissue. 

Relieve Pain

Once the issue is located, the treatment proceeds to specific patient movements and practitioner touch to release adhesions and relieve pain.

To learn more about ART muscle therapy, visit Active Release Techniques website.

“I was referred to Dr. Centofonti through my gym after having shoulder and hip impingement issues. After just a few sessions, I was not only able to lift weights that were previously out of reach but more importantly pain-free. This allowed me to push myself even further by running my first half-marathon in sub 1:40. I can’t thank Dr. Centofonti for his knowledge and expertise in keeping me healthy and striving to hit new fitness goals.” 

Brian H.

Active Release Technique therapy can help with:

  • Pre- and post-operative conditions
  • Weakness or loss of motion
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Scoliosis/Spinal dysfunctions
  • Chronic pain
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Work-related injuries

Additional Manual Therapy Services

Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system mostly for low back pain and neck pain, but can be utilized to treat all the joints of the body.

Physical Therapy/Rehab

Physical therapy and corrective exercise education helps our patients retrain, regain, and maintain strength and endurance to help their body perform to its highest ability.

Our goal is for you to be pain-free, moving better, and moving forward in life with confidence