Active Release Techniques (ART)

If you’re looking for Active Release Techniques (ART) treatment in St. Albert or Edmonton, you’ve come to the right place.

We have been providing Active Release Techniques treatment to the St. Albert and Edmonton area since 1997. As well, all three of our chiropractors at the Maloney Elkassem clinic are trained as Active Release Techniques providers and Dr. Kevin Maloney has previously served as an associate instructor for the Active Release Techniques program.

Active Release Techniques (ART) is an innovative treatment that takes a different approach to helping you get better and feel your best. Active Release treatment can often work wonders with problems like headaches, neck pain, shoulder and elbow tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, hip and knee pain, plantar fasciitis and chronic back pain. Active Release is safe, very effective and usually very quick to show results. 

ART is one of the most effect forms of treatment for repetitive-motion injuries, has helped Olympic athletes achieve gold medals, and allowed injured athletes to return quickly to their training protocols. With a success rate of over 90%, Active Release Technique has become one of most sought after soft tissue treatments in the world today.


Active release TECHNIQUEs (art) Background 

In today's world, we are far harder on our bodies than ever before. As our bodies try to keep up with this unrelenting pace, our body’s internal maintenance crew often can only do shoddy patch-up jobs on the damage we do to ourselves. 

When repairing muscles, tendons, ligaments or even nerves, the body's quick-fix solution is to slop down scar tissue for the patch-up. Scar tissue is the cheapest grade of tissue that the body manufactures, and as you can see from old cuts on your skin, it takes a long time to be replaced by tissue that looks, feels or works normal. Scar tissue is a lot like glue, sticking things together. This is very good when you sprain your ankle, as this 'glue' holds the torn fibers together as they heal over a couple of months. This is not very good when the process goes overboard and starts gluing other parts of your soft tissue together. 

Scar tissue is effective for it’s intended job, but when overproduced can lead to many problems. When, for example, a muscle becomes glued to other muscles, or a nerve is glued to a tendon, your body is no longer working right. Pain, numbness, stiffness and weakness are just some of the descriptions that people use for problems caused by scar tissue gone bad. 

Active Release Techniques (ART) was developed primarily for soft tissue injuries. Active Release is rare in it's approach to healing, in that it directly addresses this scar tissue that ‘gums’ up the works.

Active Release Techniques was developed by Dr. Michael Leahy. Prior to becoming a doctor of chiropractic, Dr. Leahy was an aeronautical engineer with the U.S Air Force. This engineering background enabled Dr. Leahy to approach soft tissue injury from a different perspective, eventually coming up with the theories and treatment techniques that formed ART.