Active Release Technique

Active Release Therapy in Covington and Hammond

The Active Release Technique (ART) is a manual chiropractic technique for treating soft tissue injuries and conditions.

Our natural pain management leverages Active Release as a proactive therapeutic alternative to pain medications or invasive surgery. 

A female patient receives the Active Release Technique from one of our chiropractors
Our Chiropractors utilize the Active Release Technique at our Covington and Hammond pain management clinics.

What exactly is the Active Release Technique?

Active Release Technique, or myofascial release, is a soft tissue system/movement-based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These conditions result from muscle pulls or tears, an accumulation of small tears, or muscles not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).

ART’s role in natural pain management

The Active Release Technique is considered effective for natural pain management due to its specialized approach to treating soft tissue injuries and relieving pain. This may reduce the risk of systemic side effects associated with medications.

  • Active Release Technique can help athletes recover from injuries faster and reduce painful flare-ups.
  • By freeing nerves from tissue restrictions, the Active Release Technique has eliminated symptoms for many patients after just a few visits.
  • This technique facilitates the body’s healing processes through natural mechanisms without drugs or downtime.

What conditions can be treated with Active Release Technique?

Active Release Technique can treat a variety of conditions resulting from overused muscles, including: 

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

Will the Active Release Technique help Carpal Tunnel?

In a pilot study in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine1 by James W. George, DC, and others, patients who were experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome and were treated with the Active Release Technique experienced significant improvement compared to the control group of patients who were not receiving Active Release Treatment.

Who should consider the Active Release Technique?

It may be beneficial for individuals seeking non-invasive approaches to pain management or experiencing a range of musculoskeletal issues, such as:

  • Nerve entrapments like carpal tunnel syndrome or sciatica
  • Chronic pain conditions that are sometimes called myofascial pain syndrome
  • Preventive care for athletes or those prone to repetitive strain
  • Soft tissue injuries such as strains, sprains or tendonitis
  • Muscle tightness and tension
  • Limited range of motion
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Postural issues

How does an Active Release Treatment work?

Each Active Release Technique session combines examination and treatment. Our chiropractor uses their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of the patient’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments. When muscle abnormalities are encountered during the examination, the doctor treats them by applying direct tension while guiding the patient through very specific movements.

How long does pain relief from the Active Release Technique last?

The duration of pain relief following ART can vary depending on several factors, including the specific condition being treated, the severity of the issue, individual response to treatment, and adherence to post-treatment recommendations.

Immediate relief 

Many individuals experience some level of immediate relief following an ART session. The manual techniques during the session can help release tension, improve mobility, and alleviate discomfort immediately.

Cumulative benefits

The effects of ART may accumulate over multiple sessions. With each treatment, practitioners aim to address underlying soft tissue issues and improve overall function. As a result, individuals may notice progressive and sustained pain relief over time.

Maintenance sessions

Maintenance sessions may be recommended for chronic conditions or recurring issues. Regular ART sessions can help manage symptoms and prevent the recurrence of pain. The frequency of maintenance sessions will be determined based on the individual’s needs and response to treatment.

Individual variability

The duration of pain relief varies from person to person. Factors such as overall health, lifestyle, and adherence to recommended exercises and self-care practices can influence the longevity of the benefits.

Combination with other therapies

ART is often used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Combining it with other therapies, such as physical therapy, stretching exercises, and lifestyle modifications, can relieve longer-lasting pain.

Addressing underlying causes

To prolong the effects of the Active Release Technique, it’s essential to address and manage any underlying factors contributing to the pain. This may include ergonomic changes, strengthening exercises, and lifestyle modifications.

It’s important to note that while ART can provide effective pain relief, individual responses may vary. Some individuals may experience sustained benefits for an extended period, while others may find it necessary to incorporate ongoing maintenance sessions to manage chronic conditions.

Is the Active Release Technique right for you?

The experienced chiropractors at All American Medical will work with you to determine if ART is the most suitable treatment option for your specific condition. We will consider your medical history, current symptoms, and overall health goals to create a personalized treatment plan.

Contact us to schedule your consultation and learn more about how Active Release Technique can help you achieve optimal musculoskeletal health.

To make an appointment or inquire about ART, please get in touch with our Covington clinic at (985) 893-2223 or our Hammond clinic at (985) 350-6110.

Clinical research studies supporting Active Release Technique

(1) James W. George, Rodger Tepe, Damien Busold, Sarah Keuss, Heidi Prather, Clayton D. Skaggs, The effects of active release technique on carpal tunnel patients: A pilot study, Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, Volume 5, Issue 4, 2006, Pages 119-122, ISSN 1556-3707,

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