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Active Release Technique

Feel Better with Active Release Technique (ART®) in Woodbridge and Vaughan

Whether it’s age, overuse, or simple dysfunction, it’s inevitable that at some point your body will stop performing the way you want it to. Immobility and pain creep in, but you can choose to kick them back out with the help of Active Release Technique (ART®). 

When you get a scrape, you might put a bandaid over it to try to heal it as quickly as possible. Your body can’t mend its internal issues with bandaids, so it instead generates scar tissue around irritated or injured soft tissue, which leads to a lack of mobility and a fair amount of discomfort. ART® eliminates these issues by:

  • Reducing scar tissue in the area
  • Improving the tone, texture, and function of the tissue
  • Restoring the body’s balance of “good” and “bad” tissue
  • Increasing circulation to the affected area

ART® is a patented technique, and because the treatment protocols include more than 500 specific movements, many clinicians simply don’t have the bandwidth to become licensed in this technique. Luckily for you, Dr. Caruana is one of the few that can administer active release in Vaughan and Woodbridge


When you visit Full Function Rehab & Wellness for your first ART® appointment, Dr. Caruana will start by assessing the texture, tightness, and movement of different soft tissues in the affected area of your body. This includes muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. All of this must be done by hand so he can ascertain which of the ART® movements are most appropriate for your situation. 

Any abnormalities that Dr. Caruana notices during this initial assessment will then receive a wholly thought out series of ART® movements in order to help remedy them. It’s impossible to know precisely which parts of active release are appropriate for a particular patient until the assessment occurs, and how effectively the technique will be able to treat the affected area varies greatly depending on the individual, too.

Deciding to Explore Active Release

In order to really understand all that ART® has to offer, it’s important that you understand the process of the actual technique. When you visit the clinic for an ART® appointment, the examination is as important as the treatment, because a thorough examination is critical to understanding all of the tissues and dysfunction at play in an area.

Because the examination is so involved, practitioners are able to deliver highly specialized and precisely directed tension to pain points on patients’ bodies. Why does this pressure make any difference in pain, though, and what exactly is occurring within  the body? The answer requires some understanding of how the body handles injury. 

When a soft tissue injury or strain occurs, the body wants to restore function as quickly as possible, so it begins to lay collagen down on the affected area in no particular pattern or order. This allows for some motion to be restored relatively quickly, but can actually increase pain and dysfunction while reducing range of motion in the long run. ART® works to eliminate the scar tissue creating blockages or placing strain on an injured area. 

So, it’s clear that the logic behind active release is sound, but why are there so many different movements that practitioners must memorize? Simply put, every patient and every injury is different. No two situations can be treated in exactly the same way, so a wide range of movements is necessary to cover all bases. 

Some of the most common reasons you might be seeking active release are:

  • Overuse injuries
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain, low back pain, jaw pain
  • Ankle and knee sprains
  • Sciatica
  • Hip clicking
  • Tendonitis
  • Whiplash Associated Disorder
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Rotator cuff syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

If you aren’t experiencing any of these issues specifically, Active Release Technique may still be a great treatment for you. Contact us to set up your initial Active Release consultation today.

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