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What You Should Know About the Active Release TechniqueⓇ

Have you been suffering from either acute or chronic muscle pain, but are resistant to the idea of steroid injections or prescription medications? If so, rest assured that there are several holistic therapies you can consider first. From massage therapy to acupuncture, many people have found long-lasting relief with these different treatment options.

However, one treatment that has proven especially effective and that is a favourite amongst most practitioners is known as ART, or active release technique. Read on to learn more about this pain relief technique and how it might benefit you.

What is Active Release TechniqueⓇ?

Active Release Technique is a form of soft tissue release administered by a number of healthcare providers — including chiropractors, physicians and physical therapists. Through manual manipulation of the body, the practitioner will isolate your area of discomfort and apply varying levels of pressure to the targeted spot. This will promote blood flow to the area, relieve any tension and restore range of motion.

On a more granular level, the practitioner is looking for adhesions, or areas of scar tissue that have formed during the healing process of a past injury. Once an adhesion is located, ART is employed by the practitioner to break up this scar tissue and allow your muscles and joints to regain their previous flexibility.

Which body parts can be treated?

ART is effective in relieving pain and restoring the range of motion to many parts of your body. Major muscle groups, such as the ones in your neck or back, are prone to injuries and tears and are targeted frequently by chiropractors certified in ART. After the injury heals and scar tissue forms, ART is employed to break up these adhesions and restore range of motion to the muscle group. The same goes for tendons and ligaments, which are also prone to injuries but treated well by ART.

Fascia, which is the connective tissue that protects all of the muscles and organs, is another common body part that is treated by ART. For example, plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the fascia in the foot, is a common condition that ART is very effective in treating.

What are the benefits?

There are many benefits to ART, ranging from pain relief to increased flexibility. While ART does provide short-term relief, regular treatment sessions are recommended to enjoy the long-term benefits. Many patients who suffer from chronic conditions, such as sciatic, tennis elbow, or carpal tunnel have seen relief from regular ART sessions.

Additionally, many patients have experienced an overall improvement in their quality of life after being treated with ART one or more times. The relief many patients feel is immeasurable and their pain no longer gets in the way of their daily lives and activities.

Schedule your appointment today!

Active release technique is a proven and safe pain relief solution for those suffering from various forms of discomfort. If you have been convinced of this treatment option, and you are ready to start your journey towards pain relief, then it may be time to schedule an appointment with a certified therapist.

At Refresh Health & Wellness, our team of chiropractors is ready to help you! During your first appointment, a chiropractor will assess your areas of discomfort and determine if ART is right for you. Together, you and your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan moving forward to ensure you achieve pain relief immediately and sustain it over the weeks and months to come.

Give us a call at 780-467-8020, email us at, or book an appointment today!

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