What Is Active Release Technique ® (ART), and How It Can Help You

Active Release Technique ® (ART®) is

… a specific soft tissue therapy used by Chiropractors, Massage Therapists and Physiotherapists to break up fibrous adhesions (scar tissue) between muscles, nerves and other connective tissue. This re-establishes proper motion between muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, fascia and nerves. These adhesions can be the result of a sudden injury, a repetitive or chronic injury, or poor posture.

You can recognize adhesion problems by loss of function, characterized by a decrease in range of motion, weakness, stiffness, soreness and many other symptoms that many like to call “getting older”.

ART® is very effective on its own, or can be combined with other forms of treatment like acupuncture and joint mobilization or manipulation.

Active Release Technique ® can help with:

  • Repetitive Strain Disorders
  • Back pain and Sciatica
  • Headaches and Neck Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Problems and Frozen Shoulder
  • Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome and Runner’s Knee
  • Achilles Tendonitis, Shin Splints and Plantar Fasciitis

For best results, it is important to follow the doctor’s recommendations about rehabilitation exercises to improve strength and flexibility.