Active Release Technique being demonstrated.Active Release Technique is a very popular myofascial release technique that is known for its effectiveness in treating muscular and soft-tissue injuries. The purpose or goal of Active Release Therapy is to remove or “break up” scar tissue in stiff, over-used, injured muscles. The treatment is also designed to treat dysfunction in ligaments, tendons and their impact on other tissues like nerves, cartilage and fascia.


Active Release Technique ExampleActive Release Technique providers will guide you through slow, controlled movements that are specific for the tissue being treated. This movement is performed while the practitioner places a carefully directed tension in the tissue, thereby breaking up scar tissue or “adhesions” in the muscle. Most patients receiving Active Release Treatment notice an immediate difference in how the area feels; improved tissue and joint movement are common feedback with myofascial release.

As with the Graston Technique, Active Release Technique has been granted a medical patent. It is a very structured form of myofascial release that is utilized by professional and Olympic athletes worldwide. In order to become an Active Release practitioner, each provider must complete extensive hands-on instruction and testing. A certified provider of Active Release Technique is trained to palpate and treat more than 300 muscular and fascial injuries in addition to over 100 nerve entrapments. Active Release Technique providers are required to maintain their qualifications as Active Release providers on a yearly basis.


Active Release Technique in Burlington

Our clinic offers Active Release Technique in Burlington through Dr. Kevin McIntyre and Dr. Leslie McDowall.  For more information about these practitioners please refer to our “about us” page, or if you live in the Burlington, Oakville, or Hamilton area, contact us to learn more about the Active Release Technique.

I have been treated by Dr. Leslie McDowall over the past couple of years. Due to a trampoline accident of over twenty years ago, I have a fused neck and have suffered from constant neck and back pain. Through Dr. McDowall’s treatment process of using both Laser and A.R.T. therapy, I have gained back almost full mobility of my neck. My back is also much better allowing me to enjoy sports again that I thought I would have to give up. I strongly recommend her as a chiropractor and I am grateful for all she has done.

David J., June 2017