Active Release Techniques

Benefits of Active Release Technique

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


Active Release Techniques (ART) is a very effective tools for addressing soft-tissue restrictions. Dr. Abelson was an instructor of ART for over 11 years and wrote the first book for the general public about Active Release Techniques - “Release Your Pain” which became an international bestseller.  He was also involved in the development of the ART Biomechanics manual. Dr. Abelson continues to use many of concepts he taught in ART courses within his clinical practice today.


In Dr. Abelson's opinion, ART is one of the best techniques out there, but it is NOT an absolute unto itself.  The power of ART (like all techniques) comes from the integration of its procedures into a wide range of other treatment modalities. It is most effective when combined with osseous manipulation, Fascial Release Techniques, Instrument-Assisted Modalities (Graston/FAKTR), Acupuncture, or treatment modalities.  



Even though Dr. Abelson has now moved on and has developed his own treatment system called “Motion Specific Release” he still has great respect for this innovative procedure. In fact, when teaching his MSR courses, Dr. Abelson often recommends practitioners take ART training (along with other effective procedures). 


You should think of ART as just one tool in a toolbox, an extremely effective tool for some patients but it is not an absolute (No treatment modality is). 


If you have a soft tissue injury, make an appointment with Dr. Abelson or Dr. Mylonas and see just how effective ART can be when it is combined with our effective procedures.

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.

How Effective is ART?

ART does not treat fractures, infections, autoimmune conditions. However research has shown that ART produces remarkable results when treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. At Kinetic Health, we believe that no matter how good any particular technique is, the prescribed treatment must be combined with lifestyle management. In addition to any ART treatments, it is important to understand that injured tissue does not properly remodel without exercise. Therefore, at our clinic, after a detailed assessment, our doctors created an individualized exercise plan that supports any treatment and works to restore function throughout the kinetic chain of the body.

ART Can Be Combined with Other Techniques

Often, the best results are achieved by combining modalities. Often, ART treatments that are supported by regularly performed prescribed exercises will produce the desire results. However, frequently, it is a combination of ART and other treatment techniques that produces optimal results. Here are a few examples.

ART Combined with Graston Technique

Graston Technique (GT), very effectively, causes tendons (a type of soft-tissue) to strengthen after treatment. Much like breaking a bone, when soft-tissue is injured, the area of injury \ usually becomes weaker and more susceptible to re-injury. With tendon injuries, GT can be used to re-initiate the healing response (bringing real morphologic changes) that strengthens the soft-tissue, and reducing the chance of a repeated injury.

ART combined with Manipulation

Manipulation of joints is essential to fully treat soft-tissue injuries, since many soft-tissue injuries often go hand in hand with joint injuries. The joint manipulation is the most effective means of breaking up or releasing a joint restriction.

ART combined with Acupuncture

Acupuncture reduces neurogenic pain, stops muscle spasmas, and balances energy meridians and is therefore effective when treating acute cases of soft-tissue injuries. It is often combined with ART in order to break up the pain cycle in patients with soft-tissue injuries.

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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