Toronto Active Release Techniques & Manual Muscle Release Therapy

Try Emkiro's Muscle Release Techniques for repetitive muscle strains.


Emkiro offers specialized muscle and soft tissue techniques used by many athletes, office workers, and weekend warriors. Book with your Emkiro Chiropractor.

Active Release / Muscle Release Therapy treats muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves by breaking up scar tissue and releasing adhesions surrounding these structures. These highly specialized techniques are performed by your Emkiro Doctor of Chiropractic.

Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and effectively with Emkiro’s Active and Muscle release treatments.


Frequently Asked Questions

We are always available to answer any questions you have. Listed below are the most frequently asked.

What is Active Release Techniques® (ART®)?

Active Release Techniques® is a patented hands-on treatment approach to injuries to a muscle, tendon, ligament, nerve and the surrounding soft tissue. Active Release Techniques® is a very specific technique that allows the highly trained Emkiro Chiropractor to know where to look for adhesions and scar tissue, how to feel for them and how to use the active motion of the specific body part to break them up.

How does Active Release Techniques® work?

Active Release Techniques® are provided by the Doctors of Chiropractic at Emkiro, who evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Any abnormal tissues are then treated by applying a very specific tension to the muscle involved while moving the muscle underneath the contact (thumb or fingers of doctor’s hand). This softens and stretches the scar tissue, improving range of motion, strength and circulation, which all optimize healing.

What conditions can Active Release Techniques® treat?

Active Release Techniques® are extremely effective in treating many conditions due to over-used muscles, including:

  • Headaches
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Tendonitis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Knee Injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow

Do I need a referral for Active Release Techniques®?

A referral is not necessary to be assessed or treated with Active Release Techniques® at Emkiro. However, we welcome patients who have been referred by their family doctor, or other health care specialists.

What can I expect on my first Active Release Techniques® appointment?

The initial assessment consists of a thorough health history and examination that helps identify factors that are influencing a patient’s health. At that point, the doctor will review the therapies that may be used in the treatment plan, the alternatives available including appropriate referral to other health care providers if necessary, and any risks relevant to the treatment. Treatment is also performed on the first visit, unless further diagnostic tests are needed (i.e. x-rays). The typical initial assessment takes anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes, depending on each patient’s condition(s).

What should I wear to my initial assessment for Active Release Techniques®?

We suggest that patients bring comfortable clothing that allows the doctor easy access to the area of concern. This ensures that the patient’s concerns can be assessed properly. We do have change-rooms at the clinic.

Do insurance plans cover ART®?

Yes. ART®; is a Chiropractic technique and falls under Chiropractic insurance coverage. The majority of Canadian workers have partial or full coverage for Chiropractic services in their workplace health care plans. OHIP does not cover these services. The patient is provided with a detailed itemized receipt listing the services provided, the credentials of the Chiropractic ART® provider, as well as payment details for reimbursement.