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What is Active Release Technique?

Active Release Technique™, or ART™, is a soft tissue release/massage method that focuses on relieving tissue tension. ART™ accomplishes this by breaking up the adhesions which can occur as a result of repetitive strain or injury. Our chiropractors use it to reduce your pain and therefore restore your ability to move.

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 by ART™

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 Technique™, 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 ART™ 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, reducing muscle tone and stimulating the immune system to break down scar tissue and adhesions. After our chiropractor performs 3-5 passes on you, you should notice your pain decreasing and functional range of motion improving!

Our Active Release Certified Practitioner



Dr. Erin Dashney, DC

Dr. Dashney brings exceptionally skilled hands and clinical acumen to the table, and offers Active Release Technique and Acupuncture as well!

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Call us to make an appointment at (905) 389-9522 or book online