Active Release Technique
What is Active Release Technique?

Active Release Technique (ART) is the application of advanced soft tissue protocols that treat overuse, trauma, and nerve entrapment injuries. Muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves are manipulated to increase smooth movement and restore muscle function and mobility.

ART includes the use of active movement by the therapist and patient while applying precise and targeted pressure to the muscle. Dense bands of tissue are isolated and striped of adhesions that cause restriction and pain. Once the area is freed up, blood flow is restored and healing can occur.

Meet our Practitioners

Dr. Lawrence Micheli

Clinic Manager & Chiropractor



Philip Edwards



First Time Visitors


What conditions are treated and/or improved with ART?

Conditions that can be treated or improved by ART include, but are not limited to:

  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Knee problems
  • Bursitis
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Tennis elbow

Who performs ART?

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

What are the benefits of ART?

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 Technique 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 Adelaide Health Clinic will provide you with an invoice to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Do I need a referral to get ART at the Adelaide Health Clinic?

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

Is the Adelaide Health Clinic accepting new patients for Active Release Technique?

Yes! Please call 416-367-5200 or email us today to book your appointment.