Active Release

What is active release technique ® / Functional Range release ®

Considered the gold standard in soft tissue techniques, ART® is an advanced and effective myofascial release technique that is movement based. It is great for several neuromusculoskeletal conditions and sports-related injuries. ART® is used to treat soft tissue adhesions, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, nerves and other connective tissues. Active Release Techniques® providers use their hands to assess and treat areas of dense, thickened and tight tissues. After a detailed examination, the therapist will apply a precise tension to the abnormal tissue in combination with a particular movement that promotes lengthening of the soft tissue and scar tissue break-up. This technique is most beneficial when added with other modalities and specific rehabilitative exercises to ensure that the effects are permanent.


Functional Range Release technique, or FR Release ® is an advanced, and comprehensive system of soft tissue assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation used by some of the most highly regarded manual therapists around the world. FR Technique ® is a revolutionary soft-tissue treatment and rehabilitation management system. Considered the new gold standard of soft tissue therapy, My Physio offers this form of treatment to help patients obtain optimal recovery.

How Does it work?

When you overuse a muscle, micro-trauma occurs at the cellular level, this results in scar tissue and tight fibrous bands that can limit the mobility of the tissue. Also, it can result in the nerves being compressed or trapped and the blood vessels unable to deliver blood and oxygen to the tissues. These occurrences can stimulate pain and other problematic symptoms; once the tissues are released, normal tissue gliding can occur with movement, and therefore help eliminate pain.

what conditions will benefit from active release technique ® or Functional Range Release ®?

Active Release Technique ® and Functional Range Release ® have proven to be successful in treating conditions such as:

  • shoulder impingement
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • sciatica
  • tennis elbow
  • plantar fasciitis
  • low back pain
  • hip tightness
  • patellar femoral pain syndromes
  • piriformis syndrome
  • neck pain

If your condition is the result of a repetitively strained muscle and a muscle imbalance, you can be confident that these two soft tissue choices are right for you. Additionally, muscle release techniques have been shown to improve tissue flexibility, strength, muscle recruitment and thus help with any neuromusculoskeletal complaint. One of our trained therapists will determine whether ART® or FRR ® is right for you.