Active Release Technique

WHAT IS Active Release Technique?

Active Release Technique® (or ART®) is a patented manual therapy technique that corrects soft tissue restrictions that lead to pain and decreased mobility. Combined with traditional rehabilitation activities, this technique is producing extraordinary functional outcomes with patients.


Patients with repetitive use injuries, frozen shoulder, tendinopathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff pathology, restricted joint motion and sprains/strains are examples of diagnoses that respond well to ART®. Usually a patient will see significant results within just a few visits. ART® is not only the treatment of choice for high performance athletes and workers’ compensation managers, but also for top sports medicine physicians in the GTA.


Intensive training is required to become certified. Practitioners learn how to evaluate the restriction and movement of soft tissues in order to assess the pathology. They are taught over 500 specific manual therapy techniques that combine precisely directed manual tension of soft tissues with specific patient movements. Only certified ART® practitioners can legally provide this technique.