Active Release Therapy (ART)

Active Release Therapy

Welcome to Sherwood Chiropractic Centre’s Active Release Therapy (ART) service page. We aim to provide comprehensive care to help you achieve optimal health and wellness. Active Release Therapy is one of the many effective techniques to address musculoskeletal issues and improve your quality of life.

A cartoon depicting a therapist providing Active Release Therapy (ART) on a patient

What is Active Release Therapy (ART)?

Active Release Therapy, commonly known as ART, is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. It’s a hands-on approach to breaking up scar tissue and adhesions, restoring proper muscle function, and alleviating pain and discomfort. 

How does ART work?

Active Release Techniques® (ART) is a highly effective soft tissue treatment method that precisely applies tension, movement, and pressure to affected areas.  Whether you’re experiencing specific discomfort or a general feeling of decreased performance, ART can help restore your body’s natural function and alleviate symptoms.

What to expect during an ART session:

Initial Assessment and Functional Testing

During your first session at Sherwood Chiropractic Centre, our practitioners will thoroughly assess your medical history and any pre-existing conditions that may affect your treatment. You’ll be asked to fill out a medical history form, providing valuable information to tailor your ART sessions to your needs.

Following the medical history review, we’ll interview to clarify medical history and identify specific focus areas for functional testing. Functional testing involves evaluating your range of motion (ROM) and overall body balance to pinpoint tension, restriction, or weakness areas.

Treatment Session

Once the assessment and functional testing are complete, the treatment session begins. Active Release Therapy (ART) involves hands-on manipulation of soft tissues, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia, to break down scar tissue, release adhesions, and restore proper function. Our certified ART practitioner uses precise techniques to target problems and promote healing.

Post-Treatment Evaluation

After the treatment session, another round of functional testing is performed to assess the immediate effects of the treatment. This evaluation helps verify the effectiveness of the ART session and guides any necessary adjustments in subsequent sessions.

Subsequent Sessions

Subsequent ART sessions follow a similar structure. Each session begins with a brief interview to discuss changes or progress since the last visit. Functional testing is then conducted to assess your body’s response and determine the focus areas for treatment. The treatment session follows, tailored to address your specific needs and goals.

What to Expect

ART sessions typically last 30 minutes and may involve strenuous movements and pressure on targeted areas. It is recommended to wear or bring comfortable clothing, such as sweatpants and t-shirts, to ensure ease of movement and access to treatment areas.


Conditions Treated


Muscle Strains and Sprains

ART relieves pain and improves muscle function in strained or sprained muscles caused by overuse, injury, or repetitive motions.


Plantar Fasciitis

This common condition can be effectively treated with ART to reduce pain, improve flexibility, and restore normal foot function.


Tendonitis and Tendinosis

Tendonitis and tendinosis can benefit from ART by reducing inflammation, breaking down scar tissue, and promoting tissue healing. 


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

ART techniques can be applied to the muscles and soft tissues of the wrist and forearm to relieve compression on the median nerve and alleviate symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.


Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

ART can help address the underlying muscle imbalances and tightness contributing to shoulder impingement syndrome, reducing pain and improving range of motion in the shoulder joint.


Neck Pain and Headaches

By releasing tension and adhesions in the muscles and soft tissues of the neck and upper back, ART can help alleviate neck pain and reduce the frequency and intensity of tension headaches.


Back Pain and Sciatica

ART techniques can target tight muscles, adhesions, and imbalances in the back and hip muscles, relieving back pain and associated symptoms such as sciatica. 


Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs)

ART is particularly effective for addressing RSIs caused by repetitive motions or overuse, such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and IT band syndrome.


Sports Injuries

Athletes often turn to ART to treat and prevent sports-related injuries, including muscle strains, ligament sprains, and overuse injuries. 

Benefits of Active Release Therapy (ART)

Pain Relief

ART can effectively alleviate pain associated with muscle strains, tendonitis, repetitive motion injuries, and other musculoskeletal conditions.

Treatment of Various Conditions

ART can benefit individuals with a wide range of conditions, including headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and more.

Enhanced Athletic Performance

Many athletes use ART to prevent injuries, improve recovery time, and optimize performance by maintaining healthy muscles and soft tissues.

Improved Range of Motion

By breaking down scar tissue and adhesions, ART helps improve flexibility and range of motion, allowing for better performance in daily activities and sports.

Is ART right for you?

Active Release Therapy (ART) offers precise and personalized treatment for various musculoskeletal issues, delivering rapid relief and improved mobility without invasive procedures or medication. With targeted manual manipulation of soft tissues, ART addresses underlying causes of pain and dysfunction, providing quick results and long-lasting benefits. Versatile and adaptable, ART suits various conditions and ages, fostering holistic wellness and preventing future injuries. At Sherwood Chiropractic Centre, our certified practitioner tailors ART sessions to your unique needs, empowering you to regain control of your health and enjoy a pain-free, active lifestyle. Speak with your Chiropractor to see if ART is right for you.

Roger Murray - Massage and Active Release Therapy (ART) Therapist

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