Patient Portal

Access The Best Active Release Techniques in Downtown Toronto

Get better with Emkiro. Overcome pain and discomfort with Active Release Techniques®.
sakura accent white
Active Release Techniques & Manual Muscle Release Therapy

Active Release Techniques® are effective soft tissue techniques that can help alleviate pain and improve your mobility. Emkiro’s Doctors of Chiropractic use ART® to treat restrictions in the soft tissues of your body.

Our experts use their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. They use their training and expertise to identify the problematic areas that may limit your movement.

Once they find the restrictive tissue, the chiropractor applies a very specific tension in combination with particular movements to soften and stretch it. This strengthens the tissue and promotes circulation, easing pain and improving your range of motion.

Conditions Treated with Active Release Techniques

ART® was specially designed to break up the adhesions between your soft tissues, so it can help you recover from most soft tissue injuries. ART® breaks up the existing adhesions in your soft tissues, enabling your muscles and joints to move smoothly and without pain.

ART® is usually the right choice for most problems caused by overused muscles or muscle imbalances.

Active Release Techniques® can be effective treatments for multiple conditions, including:
Neck pain
Lower back pain
Shoulder pain
Tension headaches
Shoulder impingement
Sciatica
Shin splints
Plantar fasciitis
Hip tightness
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Tennis or golfer's elbow
Peripheral nerve entrapments
And more...

Manual Therapy Fees

Initial Examination
$90
Initial Examination + Treatment
$165 - $180
Basic Treatment / Adjustment
$55
Comprehensive Treatment
$75 - $90

Direct Billing

We offer direct billing so you pay less. If you’ve got a benefit plan, your insurance provider will cover most of your physical therapy expenses.
Make an Appointmentsakura accent light blue
manual therapy active release treatment

How Active Release Techniques® Work

Your body may repair your overused or injured muscles with scar tissue. After repeated injuries or long-term overuse, the scar tissue can build up between your muscles, which can result in pain and may limit the mobility of the surrounding area. Sometimes, scar tissue collections can entrap nerves, which can lead to acute, sharp pain.

But even though these scenarios are painful, they can also be completely reversible. Our chiropractors can manipulate the soft tissues and use Active Release Techniques® to stretch them and release the tension they accumulated.

ART® breaks up the scar tissue in your muscle, joints, connective tissue, and nerves, relieving your pain and helping you regain your mobility. ART® can restore your range of motion and enable you to move freely, without pain or stiffness.

Regain your health and mobility. Leave your pain behind.

Do the things you love.
Our team of healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing you with the best medical solutions for your injury or condition. Our specialists collaborate to find pain treatments that are second to none. We strive to make our services accessible to everyone, which is why we bill insurance.

Book an Active Release Techniques® consultation and start your journey toward a pain-free life.
Book a Consultationsakura accent light blue

Emkiro’s ART® Specialists

team member avatar

Dr. Michelle Kang

Specializes in treating acute and chronic spinal/muscular conditions, common neuromusculoskeletal diseases, headaches/migraines, shoulder/elbow/knee injuries, postural correction, women’s health, sports injuries, and more.

  • Doctor of Chiropractic
  • Certified in ART and Guasha treatment techniques
  • Registered Acupuncturist
  • Certified in the Webster Technique
Make an appointment with Dr. Michelle Kang: Check Availability
team member avatar

Dr. Frank Xue

Dr. Frank Xue grew up playing different kinds of racket sports and enjoyed being physically active. He had a desire to pursue a career where he is physically active and not be sedentary all day. He pursued a Specialized Honors Bachelor of Kinesiology at Western University. He continued his education at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where he graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree.

During his education, Dr. Frank competed in varsity level badminton and he completed his clinical internship at St. Michael’s hospital, where Chiropractic care is integrated to foster collaborative care in family medicine. 

Dr. Frank is an evidence-based practitioner who prioritizes patient centered approach and utilizes a diversified technique encompassing a variety of skills including: spinal manipulative therapy, neurofunctional acupuncture, soft tissue therapy and functional rehabilitation. Dr. Frank is also a firm believer that movement is medicine and facilitates his patients to be physically active in one form or another. He enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds and figuring out individualized approaches to each patient!

Make an appointment with Dr. Frank Xue: Check Availability
team member avatar

Dr. Kyle Gill

Dr. Kyle Gill is a passionate Doctor of Chiropractic dedicated to helping you feel better than you ever have before. His goal is to give you the opportunity to live the pain-free and unrestricted life we all deserve.

Dr. Kyle utilizes a comprehensive approach to get you out of pain and increase your function to levels you thought were not possible for you anymore. His treatments are focused not only on the spine, but also the joints, muscles and nerves of your entire body. He works with you to improve your Health and therefore quality of life through four main pillars: Movement, Nourishment, Recuperation and Mindset.

Whether you just suffered an injury, have been dealing with something for a long time, or simply want your body to serve you better, Dr. Kyle is here to help you meet your specific goals.

  • Chiropractic Adjustments for the Spine & Full Body
  • Joint Mobilizations for the Spine & Full Body
  • Hands-On Muscle Release Therapy
  • Instrument-Assisted Fascial Release Therapy
  • Cupping Therapy
  • Therapeutic Kinesiology Taping
  • Custom Foot Orthotics
  • Individualized & Targeted Rehabilitation Programs
Make an appointment with Dr. Kyle Gill: Check Availability
team member avatar

Dr. Shejza Mino

Dr. Shejza Mino is a Chiropractor, neurofunctional acupuncture practitioner and a Champion Performance Specialist who is passionate about providing high quality care to patients of all ages so they can get back to doing what they love.

Dr. Mino integrates a variety of techniques in her treatment plans including:

  • Electro-acupuncture
  • Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Spinal & Extremity Joint Mobilization & Manipulation
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
  • Cupping therapy
  • Comprehensive Exercise & Rehabilitation Programs
  • Kinesiology and Athletic Taping
Make an appointment with Dr. Shejza Mino: Check Availability

Find Out If Active Release Techniques® Can Help With Your Condition

Book an in-person or virtual consultation with one of Emkiro’s experts and find out if ART® can help with your condition.
Make An Appointment
sakura accent light bluemassage therapist wearing protective equipment

Active Release Techniques® Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Common Health Problems Treated With Active Release Techniques®

Active Release Techniques® can help with a multitude of health problems. However, ART® is particularly helpful with neck and back pain, shoulder impingement, golfer’s or tennis elbow, shin splints, carpal tunnel, swimmer’s shoulder, plantar fasciitis, and ITB syndrome.

ART® can speed up your recovery time and produce lasting therapeutic effects.

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.

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).

Emkiro now offers direct insurance billing.

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® Treatments?

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.

Scroll to top
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram