Active Release Technique

ART is a state-of-the-art soft tissue technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.

Overused muscles can result from acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc), an accumulation of small tears (micro trauma), or simply by not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia). It can cause your body to produce dense, tough scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue in turn can bind up and tie down tissues that need to move freely. An ART provider uses his or her hands to locate the area(s) of scar tissue, and then apply tension to that tissue while the involved structure is taken through a specific movement to lengthen it. The goal is to help tissues return to a normal state.

What can ART providers treat?

  • Headaches
  • Neck and back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Rotator cuff and shoulder injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Hip and knee pain
  • Shin splints
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Elbow tendonitis
  • Jaw pain

These are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved with ART.

Who can perform ART?
It is a patented system of over 500 soft tissue diagnoses and treatment protocols. Only a certified ART provider is qualified to perform ART. At Renfrew Family Chiropractic, Dr. Annie Gervais is a certified ART provider.