Active Release Technique

What is Active Release Technique (A.R.T.)?

A.R.T. is a patented, state of the art soft tissue – massage based technique that treats injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Commonly treated with A.R.T. are “over-used” muscle (and other soft tissue) injuries.

How do “over-used” muscle injuries occur?

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

    • Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.)
    • Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
    • Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. Once a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

A.R.T. is used to treat a variety of conditions, but not limited to:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB) Syndrome
  • Lateral Epicondylosis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Epicondylosis (Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Entrapment
  • Patellar Tendinosis (Jumper’s Knee)
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Repetitive Strain Disorder
  • Rotator Cuff Pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Tendon Injuries
  • TMJ Pain
  • Whiplash Associated Disorders


We provide Active Release Therapy in Brampton along with our other treatments such as chiropractic, registered massage, clinical acupuncture and physiotherapy.