Active Release Technique (ART) is a soft tissue technique that treats muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. It was created with the purpose of treating elite athletes' soft tissue disorders to help them return to competition. Every ART treatment is specific to the structure involved and incorporates movement to restore the structure's natural function. ART can treat: sprains, strains, headaches, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, low back pain, among many others.

Our Practitioners

Meet our team of practitioners who utilize this soft tissue technique to identify, isolate, and target the Members' affected area to break up scar tissue. They'll combine manipulation and movement to return you to your optimal health.

Andrew Foster

Registered Massage Therapist & ART



What is Active Release Technique?

It's an effective approach to treating soft tissue injuries and resulting pain. Chiropractors use this movement-based soft tissue technique to treat problems with nerves, fascia, ligaments, and tendons. It is designed specifically to target adhesions that result when scar tissue is formed.

How does ART work?

Our chiropractors will evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of your muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Applying direct tension while you perform certain movements will help to relieve some of your pain.

ART works by breaking up the adhesions formed by scar tissue. Chiropractors will begin by locating these adhesions in  your body, and will then use ART to fully lengthen the affected muscle(s).

ART is an effective treatment for which conditions?

ART is frequently used by athletes to help with:

  • Recurrent sprain and strain injuries
  • Tendonitis or recurrent tissue inflammation of the wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, and feet
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Spinal pain and dysfunction
  • Sciatica
  • Chronic whiplash pain

What are the benefits of ART?

The benefits of ART include:

  • Promotes rapid recovery from injury
  • Is extremely effective at improving athletic performance
  • Successfully resolves repetitive pain and strains
  • Is a natural treatment for inflammation and, therefore, significantly reduces your need for medication

Is ART painful?

No, the treatment itself isn't painful. However, depending on the amount of acute inflammation you are experiencing, it may fele like you are receiving a deep massage.

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