A.R.T., or Active Release Technique, is a patented and state-of-the-art soft tissue massage treatment that helps problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Our A.R.T.-trained chiropractors perform this in addition to their normal chiropractic treatments.

Conditions that can be solved:

  • Headaches
  • Shin Splints
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Knee Problems
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis Elbow

These problems all have one thing in common. They’re often the result of overused muscles.

What is this treatment like?

Every A.R.T. treatment is actually a combination of examination and treatment. Our A.R.T.-trained chiropractors evaluate the tightness, texture, and movement of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Any abnormal tissues are treated by using precisely added tension with particular movements. There are well over 500 movements unique to the A.R.T. treatment, which allows our doctors to identify and correct each patient’s problems.

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How does overuse occur?

Each of the above factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the area that’s been affected. This scar tissue builds up and pins down tissues that need to move more freely. As the tissue builds up, your muscles become shorter and weaker, causing issues like tendonitis. The nerves can become pinched or trapped. As a result, you may see a lack of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is pinched, you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.


Acute pulls, collisions, tears, etc.


Acute pulls, collisions, tears, etc.


Acute pulls, collisions, tears, etc.

Additional Information

Check out some of the commonly asked questions about Active Release Techniques (ART). Feel free to reach out to our office for more information.

What conditions do chiropractors treat?

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. They are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and also care for problems with extremities and headaches using their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. DCs also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, which includes the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions may involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. In addition, chiropractors offer advice to patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.

What insurance do you accept?

We accept the following insurance:

  • Aetna
  • THP – The Health Plan
  • Aetna Coventry
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Benefit Assistance
  • Care First
  • Flume
  • Freedom Blue
  • Humana
  • Meritain
  • UMR
  • Brickstreet Encova Worker’s Compensation.
  • We also accept all major credit cards and cash patients.

Is chiropractic treatment safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest nondrug, noninvasive forms of health care available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

Is chiropractic treatment safe during pregnancy?

Yes, chiropractic care is a safe and effective method of dealing with the changing stressors to the body during pregnancy. Pregnant women often experience low back and pelvic/hip issues due to many factors including ligaments loosening in preparation of child birth and a change in their center of gravity. Extra care is taken with these patients as joints become hypermobile or move too much or very easily.

Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from my doctor?

A referral is usually not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC); however, your health plan may have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your insurance plan directly—to find out if there are referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a chiropractor. 

Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. In the case of children, it is very gentle.

Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved. 

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308 Patrick Street Plaza
Charleston, WV 25387
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Office Hours

Mon, Wed – Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tue: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Sun: Closed
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Local: (304) 344-9077
Fax: (304) 344-3587

Charleston Family Chiropractic