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Active Release Techniques

(Available at the South Edmonton and St. Albert locations)

Active Release Techniques (ART©) is an effective, hands-on approach for dealing with acute and chronic soft tissue injuries. Soft tissues include muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Although extensively used in professional and Olympic sport, ART is equally effective for everyday cumulative trauma injuries.

Active Release Techniques for Cumulative Trauma and Repetitive Strain

Cumulative trauma (repetitive strain) injuries result in symptoms such as aching, burning, numbness and tingling. ART© has a proven success rate exceeding 90% with repetitive strain conditions. ART© helps treat the adhesions formed after soft tissue injury which is a natural consequence of the inflammatory process of tissue healing. These soft tissue adhesions often lead to a loss of function and can result from a variety of processes including:

  • Acute injuries: sprains, strains, tears etc.
  • Micro-trauma: the cumulative buildup of microscopic tears
  • Hypoxia: soft tissue deprived of oxygen
  • Friction: inadequate relative motion between soft tissues
Active Release Technique (ART©) – How is it performed?

ART treatment uses over 500 precise movement patterns with directed tension to break up adhesions. This helps restore proper tissue movement and releases entrapped nerves and blood vessels typically leading to rapid resolution of symptoms and restored function.

Active Release Techniques (ART©) – Common conditions effectively treated:
  • Arthritis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Back pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Foot pain/Plantar Fasciitis/Bunions
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Hand/wrist/forearm injuries
  • Headaches
  • Knee pain/Meniscus/Collateral leg injuries
  • Myofascitis
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve entrapments
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Tennis/Golfer’s elbow
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Whiplash injuries
ART© in conjunction with Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy and Occupational Therapy

ART© works well in conjunction with other rehabilitation techniques such as physical therapy, occupational therapy (splinting, orthotics and ergonomics), massage therapy and IMS. A comprehensive assessment will help determine the optimal course of treatment.

South Edmonton

10947 – 23 Avenue
Edmonton , AB
T6J 7B9

Tel: 780-988-5803
Fax: 780-988-5804


Grandin Plaza

#508, 1 Tache Street
St. Albert, AB
T8N 1B4

Tel: 780-458-0255
Fax: 780-460-9796


51st Avenue

10393-51 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T6H 0K4

Tel: 780-989-9789
Fax: 780-989-9788


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