Active Release Technique

At Pinnacle Performance health, we use a combination of natural healing therapies to relieve pain and restore functioning. Our goal is to help you become pain free and to optimize your health. We custom design a plan for you to help you increase your range of motion, agility and flexibility. One of the popular healing treatments we use is a patented soft tissue therapy technique called Active Release.

What It Is

Is a patented soft tissue therapy technique based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
Active Release Therapy can be used to treat acute conditions such a muscle pulls, tissue tears or collisions. A.R.T aids in restoring proper function in soft tissues. It is very popular amongst elite athletes but is effective for anyone with over-used soft tissues. A.R.T. also helps for micro trauma due to repetitive motions which cause an accumulation of small tears.
Active Release is done by shortening the problematic soft tissue, applying tension, then lengthening it to break up adhesions and heal injuries faster. Dr. Furman can evaluate your range of motion and position of your affected muscles, tendons, ligaments or affected nerves. Using precise movements and a specific amount of tension, she will manipulate the soft tissue to increase the flow of oxygen, improve strength, reduce pain and improve the range of motion.

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What It’s Good For

Active Release is a natural, non-invasive therapy that is safe, drug free and very effective. If you have suffered an injury due to sports, dance,everyday living (gardening, shoveling, lifting) then A.R.T. may be the
right therapy to get you back on track. It is also effective for those suffering due to a car accident, fall or other trauma as well as daily aches and pains such as from sitting at your desk too long. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the any conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.

How Do Overuse Conditions Occur?

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  • Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.)
  • Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).


Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis,and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

What Is An ART Treatment Like?

Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.
Active release is a valuable technique for pain relief, recovery and improved physical motion. Visit Dr. Furman today to see if Active Release, or one of our other health therapies, is right for you.

Come to Pinnacle Performance for a complete assessment and custom plan to help you achieve your performance goals. You do not need a referral from your medical doctor to come to our clinic. However, some extended health plans will only reimburse you if you were referred by your MD.