Active Release Technique

 

ART is a patented soft tissue system and movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

HOW DO OVERUSE CONDITIONS OCCUR? 

Over-used muscles and other soft tissues change in three important ways:

  • acute conditions such as pulls, tears and collisions 
  • accumulation of small tears and micro-trauma
  • not getting enough oxygen, which is known as 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 tissue that needs to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

WHAT IS AN ART TREATMENT LIKE?

Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie- cutter approach.

YES!! WE’RE OPEN!
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On January 12, 2021, the Ontario government announced a stay-at-home order as part of its previously enacted Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act.

As cited under the Act’s Health Care and Social Services Section 53, this order does not prohibit health clinics from operating. Ontarians are able to travel to access chiropractic care, physiotherapy, massage, acupuncture, and other regulated health care services.

We continue to follow PPE and COVID-19 health and safety precautions to assure the safety of patients, staff and the general public.

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