Active Release Technique Therapy

Active Release Techniques (ART) are chiropractic methods focused on relieving soft tissue tension. ART is often used to relieve problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons, and even fascia and nerves. The goal of ART therapy is to restore mobility in the body by breaking down adhesions in the body that cause resections and limited movement.

ART therapy sessions are very beneficial to chiropractic patients from all walks of life, including those with damaged tissue in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. ART also provides relief and comfort to people suffering from any type of musculoskeletal condition. ART helps to increase blood flow, promote faster healing, and provide relief to the body. This therapy can treat acute and chronic conditions and is also often used to treat those suffering from sports injuries.

What Does ART Therapy Do?

Active release therapy is designed to break up scar tissue that has formed over time. Breaking up scar tissue restores mobility and improves bodily functions, helping with increased blood circulation in the body, as well as less overall pain and stiffness. Other benefits of ART therapy sessions include:

  • Increased range of motion
  • Decreased joint inflammation
  • Increased muscle strength
  • Increased cardiovascular health

ART therapy is also used to treat plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic neck pain, lower back pain, sciatic nerve pain, and any other injuries caused by repetitive muscle use. ART therapy is ideal for treating a wide range of conditions and removing scar tissue buildup.

The Technique

Muscles and tissue are prone to negatively changing due to trauma. They can begin to swell and start to form scar tissue. During an active-release therapy session, Dr. Nicol applies manual pressure, typically with the hands or sometimes a therapy tool, to address the trauma-induced abnormalities found in the muscles or tissues.

Dr. Nicol will then apply deep pressure at the area of tenderness to work on breaking down any scar tissue and to increase blood circulation to the area, promoting healing. Doing this in a repetitive manner will eventually break down the scar tissue completely and return a full range of motion.

While Dr. Nicol utilizes the Active Release Technique, you will be required to move the designated body part, as the combination of tension and motion will lengthen and shorten the muscle, aiding the therapy process. This process continues until a release is felt, which is the breakdown of scar tissue and the return of mobility.

Dr. Nicol restores the normal range of motion (normal body movement) to joints and muscles by breaking up scar tissue (adhesions) in the muscles using his hands. This is a specific deep transverse friction massage that Dr. Nicol has been using for 37 years.

Who is ART Therapy For?

ART therapy can help active people of all levels. Whether you are an athlete, someone who loves to go for walks, someone who enjoys taking hikes, or simply someone that wants better mobility, ART therapy helps to enhance all mobility, functions, and movements. ART Therapy is a great option for anybody looking for better health and wellness.

Experience Total Wellness With Body Integrations Chiropractic

At Body Integrations Chiropractic, we aim to perform our work according to God’s plan by using the highest level of ethics and integrity to improve your health and wellness. With over 50 years of combined chiropractic therapy experience, Dr. Bill Nicol and Dr. Mary Nicol are dedicated to improving the health of each patient by healing pain with a case-based approach. You deserve to live a pain-free life you love. Contact us today to book your appointment.

Body Integrations Chiropractic


7500 San Felipe St., Suite 202,
Houston, TX 77063



10:00 am - 7:00 pm


10:00 am - 7:00 pm


10:00 am - 7:00 pm


10:00 am - 7:00 pm


10:00 am - 1:00 pm