What is the active release technique (ART)?

ART is a patented, non-invasive, hands-on soft tissue treatment that enables practitioners to identify and remedy soft tissue restrictions that may be causing pain and dysfunction in the body. It is particularly effective for repetitive strain injuries resulting from sports, work, or everyday activities.

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How does ART work?

The ART practitioner uses their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with precise patient movements. This process helps to break down scar tissue and adhesions, enhancing blood flow, promoting faster healing, and restoring normal function to the affected area.

Benefits of active release technique

  • Pain relief: ART has effectively alleviated pain associated with overused muscles.
  • Increased flexibility: By breaking down scar tissue, ART can help improve flexibility and range of motion.
  • Improved athletic performance: ART can enhance athletic performance by promoting optimal muscle function.
  • Faster recovery: ART can expedite injury recovery by increasing circulation and reducing inflammation.
  • Prevention of injuries: Regular ART sessions can help prevent the development of repetitive strain injuries.

Who can benefit from the Active Release Technique?

Whether you're an athlete looking to enhance your performance and reduce your risk of injury or an office worker seeking relief from the aches and pains associated with sitting at a desk all day, ART can provide significant benefits. By addressing the underlying issues in the soft tissue, ART can help to improve your overall quality of life and allow you to move freely and without pain.

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The ART process

To take full advantage of the active release technique (ART), it's essential to understand what the process entails. This understanding can help you feel more comfortable and prepared for your treatment session.

Initial consultation

Before beginning any treatment, our practitioners at FreeForm Chiropractic will conduct a thorough consultation. This includes discussing your medical history, current health condition, and any symptoms or discomfort you may be experiencing. This information helps us to understand your unique needs and determine if ART is the most suitable treatment for you.


The next step is a physical examination where the practitioner uses their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of their muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. This allows them to identify any abnormal tissues that could be causing pain or limiting your movement.


During the treatment phase, the practitioner combines precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements to treat the identified problem areas. This helps to break down scar tissue and adhesions, increase blood flow, promote faster healing, and restore normal function to the affected area.

Post-treatment care

After the treatment session, you may be given advice or exercises to do at home to help maintain the improvements made during the session and prevent future issues. This could include stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, or lifestyle changes such as adjusting your workstation setup or modifying your exercise routine.

At FreeForm Chiropractic, we are committed to providing personalized care that addresses your specific needs and helps you achieve your health and wellness goals.

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