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Active Release Techniques

Benefits of Active Release Technique

Dr. Abelson has an expansive knowledge about Active Release Techniques, practicing as an ART instructor for over 11 years and co-writing the first book (for the general public) about Active Release Techniques - “Release Your Pain” which went on to become an international bestseller.  (There is a first and second edition of “Release Your Pain” as well an edition printed in Italian - Alleviare I Dolori Muscolari. In addition, Dr. Abelson was involved in the development of the Active Release Biomechanics Manual for practitioners and has published numerous articles on this subject.

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What Is ART

Active Release Techniques is a type of myofascial release (MFR) procedure that focuses on releasing restrictions in the soft tissues of the body. Myofascial release (MFR) procedures are a varied collection of approaches that focus on freeing up movement restrictions within the soft-tissues of the body. ART is also considered to be a massage technique that falls under the category of a “pin and stretch” or “anchor and stretch” treatment modality.

Image – Dr. Abelson treating Ironman Triathletes in Kona Hawaii at the World Championship.

ART Combined with Other Techniques 

In Dr. Abelson's opinion, ART is one of the best soft tissue techniques out there, but it is NOT an absolute unto itself.  The power of ART (like all techniques) comes with the practitioner's ability and skill in integrating its procedures with a wide range of other effective treatment modalities. In Dr. Abelson’s opinion, ART is most effective when it is combined with osseous manipulation, fascial release procedures, instrument-assisted modalities (Graston/FAKTR), acupuncture, or other treatment modalities.

Image – Dr. Abelson with Dr. Leahy the Developer of Active Release. Dr. Leahy wrote the foreword for “Release Your Pain”

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Using ART Effectively 

Even though Dr. Abelson has now moved on and has developed his own treatment system “Motion Specific Release”, he still has great respect for this innovative procedure. In fact, when teaching his MSR courses, Dr. Abelson often recommends that practitioners supplement their skills with ART training (along with other effective treatment methods).  To quote Dr. Abelson “Think of ART as an effective tool in your toolbox, a tool that becomes even more effective when combined with other treatment modalities.”

Soft Tissue Injuries & ART​

If you have a soft-tissue injury, make an appointment with Dr. Abelson or Dr. Mylonas and discover how much more effective ART can be when it is combined with other treatment modalities such as MSR.

Dr. Brian Abelson

Best-selling author, Dr. Brian Abelson, is the Clinical Director of Kinetic Health, an innovative health care facility that places a special focus on getting people back into an active, pain-free lifestyle.

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Dr. Evangelos Mylonas

Dr. Mylonas’ integrated treatment approach combines the latest in manipulative and soft-tissue therapies in conjunction with functional rehabilitative exercise protocols.

An Active Release (ART) practitioner since 2002 with over 10 years of clinical experience, Dr. Mylonas has had the privilege of treating patients in Canada as well as in Europe.

Expect & Receive The Best Possible Care

At Kinetic Health, we are proud of our high success rate in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and are even happier about the high level of patient satisfaction that we regularly achieve. 


Our comprehensive examination processes, ability to integrate multiple and effective treatment modalities, and our customized treatment and exercise plans ensure that every patient receives a high quality of care that addresses their specific needs.


We have great working relationships with the medical community across the city. You can expect your medical practitioner to receive clear summations of our examination findings with follow-up letters about our treatment results. This collaboration ensures your needs are met effectively.

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