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Dallas, TX 75231


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Active Release Techniques

Certified in Active Release Techniques since 2005

The Gold Standard for Treating the Root Cause of Soft Tissue Pain

What is Active Release Techniques?

Active Release Techniques (ART) is a patented technique for treating soft tissue like muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Scar tissue binds up and ties down tissue and shortens and weakens muscles, adds tension on tendons (tendonitis), and traps nerves. ART is a hands-on technique designed to remove adhesions to restore normal texture, motion, and function of the soft tissue, and release any entrapped nerves or blood vessels.

How Does Active Release Technique Treatment Work?

Your certified 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. This allows your doctor to physically break the adhesion and improve range of motion and strength. There are over 500 specific moves unique to ART therapy.

Benefits of ART Treatment

  • Benefits of ART Treatment

  • Avoid Surgery

  • Long-term Pain relief

  • Increased flexibility

  • Plantar fasciitis relief

  • Carpal tunnel relief

  • Sciatic pain relief

  • Chronic neck pain relief

  • Headache relief

  • Back pain relief

  • Promotes healing

Chiropractic Active Release Therapy Treatment on a patient

Signs You May Benefit from Active Release Techniques

ART offers benefits for anyone who has pain caused by soft tissue injuries from sports, overuse, or trauma. The goal of ART is to break up the scar tissue and free up your range of motion and reduce or eliminate pain. The following are signs that you may have an accumulation of scar tissue that’s restricting movement or causing pain, and ART may help:


  • Stiffness in your neck, elbow, hands, knees, or back

  • Increased pain when exercising

  • Sharp pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel

  • Pain, numbness, and tingling in your fingers

  • Reduced flexibility and limited range of motion

  • Decreased strength

  • Inflamed joints

  • Tingling, numbness, or weakness

Understanding Active Release Technique (ART)  

Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a certification for ART providers? 

Yes, there are a number of different types and levels of ART certifications. Make sure to ask your provider what certifications they’ve completed before receiving treatment.  

How is ART different from other tissue therapies? 

ART is the only therapy that uses effective and comfortable touch for soft tissue healing. ART certified practitioners are trained to use the only system that incorporates a diagnostic component to determine the specific tissues generating pain. ART gets to the root problem resulting in faster outcomes with longer-lasting relief. 

How many ART sessions will I need? 

It’s not uncommon for one ART treatment to resolve your issue, though most conditions will require between two and four follow-up visits. If you find yourself needing more than six treatments your issue may require a different solution. 

What are the risks or side effects of ART treatment? 

ART treatment is a non-invasive therapy so there are no short-term or long-term side effects or risks. Professionals who are not certified, however, can cause muscle and nerve damage by applying too much pressure or applying pressure to the wrong structures. It’s important you only work with ART-certified practitioners when receiving ART treatments. 

Does ART treatment hurt? 

Some of the movements your provider asks you to perform can be uncomfortable. Immediately tell your doctor if you’re experiencing pain during treatment. A good doctor will be tuned in and responsive to any pain you experience during treatment. They’ll also warn you that you may feel discomfort before it occurs. 

Does Insurance cover ART therapy? 

It depends on your medical insurance plan. Many plans do not cover ART treatment but cover services that describe ART treatment like myofascial release or other physical therapy services. We can help you navigate this issue when you call to book your appointment.