What is active release techniques?

Active Release Techniques (ART) involve a precise and hands-on approach that targets soft tissue conditions and injuries. This manual therapy focuses on identifying and releasing adhesions and scar tissue that can develop in muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves due to overuse, trauma, or repetitive strain. ART therapists utilize their hands to apply tension and movement to the affected area, breaking down adhesions and promoting tissue healing and mobility. The therapy is non-invasive and highly effective in reducing pain, improving range of motion, and expediting recovery.

Our team of dedicated therapists at the Sport Medicine Clinic incorporate active release techniques into personalized treatment plans to speed up the recovery process, reduce pain, and optimize musculoskeletal function in athletes and active individuals.

When can active release techniques help?

Our team of therapists use active release techniques to address a wide range of conditions, including, but not limited to:

- Muscle strains & tears: accelerates muscle tissue healing and reduces discomfort
- Ligament injuries: aids in the healing of overstretched or torn ligaments, such as in ankle or knee sprains
- Carpal tunnel syndrome: provides relief from wrist and hand pain
- Plantar fasciitis: alleviates discomfort related to foot pain
- Chronic pain management: supports individuals with ongoing pain conditions
- Tennis & golfer's elbow: alleviates chronic elbow pain
- Neck pain: relieves discomfort and stiffness in the cervical region
- Shoulder impingement: reduces shoulder pain and improves mobility
- Headaches: addresses tension-related headaches and reduces their frequency
- Achilles tendonitis: supports the healing of the Achilles tendon

Which practitioners perform active release technique?

Chiropractors, Athletic Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Massage Therapists who have Active Release Technique training are certified to treat using ART.

What are the benefits of active release technique?

The benefits of ART are:

  • Greatly reduces pain
  • Breaks up scar tissue and adhesions in muscles
  • Restores range of motion and mobility
  • Increases proper blood flow so the area can heal
  • Frees up restrictions
  • Targets trigger points
  • Improves overall performance
  • Facilitates healthier posture

Is active release techniques covered by OHIP or my insurance?

Most insurance plans will offer coverage. Please check your individual plans for more details. ART is not covered under OHIP plans. The Sport Medicine Clinic will provide you with an invoice to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Do I need a referral to get active release technique at the Sport Medicine Clinic?

You do not need a referral to get ART at the Sport Medicine Clinic. Your therapist will assess you and help to determine an ART focused treatment plan for you.

Is the Sport Medicine Clinic accepting new patients for active release techniques??

Yes! Please call 416-865-0903 or click here to book your appointment.