Active Release Technique

“I went to Dr. Charbel with chronic neck and shoulder pain, exacerbated by a period of extreme stress. He was extremely thorough, explained what was occurring and provided me with a clear course of treatment. After just a few visits, the pain was greatly alleviated. Along with chiropractic care and tissue massage, Dr. Charbel provided me with a regimen of exercises I can do at home to self-mediate my problem areas. He was caring and professional. I won’t hesitate to go back to see Dr. Charbel should I have future needs.

-Maricia N

What is the Active Release Technique?

Active Release TechniqueAre you suffering from chronic or acute muscle pain? Chances are, you’ve tried your fair share of pain relief methods, and have perhaps had little or no success. If you are tired of merely alleviating symptoms instead of discovering a permanent solution, the team at Integrated Health Solutions is excited to offer you the Active Release Technique.

Active Release Technique (ART) is a soft tissue treatment that focuses on eliminating the cause of pain, rather than covering up symptoms. ART is a patented, evidence-based soft tissue therapy. Because of its advanced techniques, providers are required to have a thorough knowledge of the human body and how tendons, muscles, and tissues interact. Understanding how these elements cooperate is necessary in discovering why there is pain and what must be done to permanently resolve it.

Dr. Charbel Harb is an ART expert who has trained with a team formed by Dr. P Michael Leahy, developer of the ART technique. ART is one of the most modern methods for treating overused muscles, and Dr. Charbel is well versed at the ART movements and protocols that effectively heal various soft tissue conditions such as headaches, back pain, muscle tears, and many more.

In conjunction with other complementary therapies used by Integrated Health Solutions, the Active Release Technique is one of the building blocks in creating wellness and healing plans that are tailored to each individual patient.

What conditions can be treated using ART?

If you are suffering from chronic pain, ART can be used as a treatment option for dozens of conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sciatica
  • Achilles and calf pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Knee pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Other soreness in tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves

Most joint and muscle soreness in the body is due to scar tissue that has formed after an injury. Through the use of coordinated massage techniques, scar tissue can often be permanently removed, healing patients and increasing tissue mobility.

What should I expect with ART treatment?

When a patient comes into the IHS offices to undergo ART treatment, a comprehensive history, intake exam and careful analysis of the soft tissue functionality will be conducted to better understand the underlying cause of the pain. The soft tissue analysis is accomplished using Active Palpation, a hands-on technique developed to detect soft tissue abnormalities and dysfunction typically without the use of ultrasound or MRI technology.

The Science and Philosophy Behind ART

If you are experiencing tightness and pain, you may be suffering from built up scar tissue or other problems preventing full use and range of motion of your soft tissue. As a result, this dense scar tissue can bind your muscles, causing serious pain and restricting movement. Through ART, scar tissue can be identified, and the process of gently releasing your affected muscles and removing that scar tissue can begin.

The patients of Integrated Health Solutions are witnessing dramatic results and enjoying restored muscle movement, as well as the elimination of pain. The field success of ART is proving what the studies have already shown: It is effective in healing both severe and minor injuries; it is effective in permanently alleviating pain at the source; and it is effective in restoring tissue extensibility which can cause knee pain, tennis elbow, and other conditions.

Our Personalized Approach to Your Health

ART TechniqueDr. Charbel Harb knows that each person’s experience is different, as is each person’s pain. Integrated Health Solutions works first toward understanding your unique symptoms before developing a comprehensive, personalized healing plan. Through the use of integrated techniques that combine traditional medicine with the latest discoveries in science, we are able to offer clinically tested and proven therapies.

Additional therapies offered at IHS that can complement ART techniques include acupuncture, physical rehabilitation, and posture analysis, as well as specialized treatments for sports injuries, TMJ, headaches and neck pain. The therapies we use have been developed through years of training, scientific research, and evidence-based clinical experience in an effort to bring our patients the widest variety of effective healing methods and rehabilitation options.

All of the doctors in the IHS office have years of experience with these therapies, as well as professional training, medical degrees, and individual research which assist in their ability to offer each patient a personalized healing plan that is not only specific to their needs but also based in the most recent developments in medicine.

Call us today to see how we can help eliminate your pain.

About Integrated Health Solutions

is a licensed chiropractic physician and the Medical Director of Integrated Health Solutions. Our core belief is that each patient who walks through the doors is a person, not just a medical record or chart. Our greatest pleasure is bringing joy to our patients and helping them to fully embrace life, allowing them to enjoy each day: active, healthy and pain free.

  • Our Mission

    To provide education, encouragement and exceptional multidisciplinary healthcare.

    Our Vision

    To empower individuals to enhance their personal existence.
  • Hours

    Monday - Friday
    9 AM – 6 PM
    Open Late by Appointment.
  • Location

    6330 E. 75TH Street,
    Suite 124
    Indianapolis,IN 46250

    Phone: (317) 449-2020
    Fax: (317) 708-6498