Active Release Technique

At Healthy Body, our chiropractors use Active Release Technique!

What is ART?

Active Release Techniques™ is a soft tissue release/massage method that focuses on relieving tissue tension by the removal of adhesions which can occur as the result of repetitive strain or injury.

ART™ is used to treat muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.  Use of the technique has three main goals:

  1. Restore free and unrestricted motion of soft tissues
  2. Release entrapped nerves, blood, and lymph vessels
  3. Re-establish healthy function, tone, and circulation to muscle

Conditions Treated

There are many conditions effectively treated by Active Release Techniques.  Here's just a few of them:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Back pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis Elbow

What Can I Expect?

Our chiropractors, certified in Active Release, will first evaluate your movements, including strength, range of motion, and any tender/painful spots.

Once the assessment is complete, each area of dysfunction will be treated.  The basic form of an Active Release treatment is this:

  • The muscle under treatment will be shortened
  • The chiropractor will use his or her hands to apply compression and tension to the shortened muscle
  • The patient will then be instructed to move in a certain direction until their tissue end range is felt

These steps, performed correctly, will exert a therapeutic effect on the body.  After 3-5 passes on any given muscle, the patient may notice a decrease in pain or tenderness and an increase in function.


Our Active Release Certified Chiropractors

Dr. Alex Angel, DC

Chiropractor, Owner

Dr. Alison Shaver, DC


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