ART (Active Release Technique)

ART (Active Release Technique)


ART (Active Release Technique) is a form of deep tissue therapy used to treat dysfunction in the Muscles, ligaments, fascia and nerves.

ART can be extremely effective in treating the following conditions:
• shin splints
• nerve compression
• whiplash
• headaches
• plantar fasciitis
• tennis elbow
• golfer's elbow
• chronic low back pain
• sciatica
• rotator cuff tendinitis
• achilles tendinitis
• ITB syndrome
• postural strains


When a muscle or ligament is subjected to trauma or repeated wear and tear, it can develop scar tissue adhesions. These adhesions can results in pain, stiffness, and loss of range of motion to the injured area. The injured area may also have reduced circulation and nerve conduction. Scar tissue adhesions can develop in between muscle fascia, between bone and muscle or between nerve and muscle. The goal of Active Release Therapy is to restore range of motion to the injured tissues by releasing scar tissue adhesions between the tissues so that they can move and glide properly. This is achieved by the therapist using their hands to carefully assess for adhesions, then applying pressure with controlled movement of the limb to restore range of motion.

What can ART help with?
Active Release Therapy can help with both chronic long standing injuries as well as acute injuries. We often see great success when ART is applied to rotator cuff tendinitis, whiplash, and postural strains.

Both Dr. Joanna Taylor and Richard Stannard (RMT) have received training in Active Release Technique and have been using in their practice for over 7 years.