What is Active Release Techniques?

ART is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. At New Balance Chiropractic Clinic we are extremely effective in treating many conditions, including:

  1. Headaches
  2. Back Pain
  3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  4. Shin splints
  5. Tendonitis
  6. Shoulder Pain
  7. Knee injuries
  8. Sciatica
  9. Plantar Fasciitis
  10. Tennis Elbow


These conditions all have one important thing in common: they often result from injuries to over-used muscles. And those injuries can be caused in three different ways:

  1. Acute injuries (pulls, tears, collisions)
  2. Accumulation of small tears from over-use (micro-trauma)
  3. Lack of 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 other tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons can cause pain, and nerves can become entrapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, and loss of strength. If a nerve is trapped, you may also feel tingling, numbness and weakness.

An Active Release Technique session involves a combination of examinations and treatments. Active Release Techniques allow your doctor to use their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Any abnormal tissues are then treated by applying a very specific tension to the muscle involved while moving the muscle underneath the contact (thumb or fingers of your doctor’s hand).

This method softens and stretches the scar tissue, resulting in increased range of motion, increased strength and improved circulation, which all optimize healing. These treatment protocols – over 500 of them – are unique to Active Release Techniques, and allow ART Providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.