On Track Physiotherapy

Active Release Technique in Ann Arbor

Find Lasting Relief with Active Release Technique at On Track Physiotherapy in Ann Arbor

Do movements like reaching, bending, or exercising leave you wincing in pain? Have injuries, overuse, or the aches and pains of daily life started to add up and impact your mobility? You don’t have to live with stiffness, swelling, and nagging discomfort. At On Track Physiotherapy, our experienced physical therapists specialize in Active Release Technique (ART)—an innovative hands-on treatment that can bring you lasting relief.

A Proven Way to “Unstick” Muscles and Restore Mobility

If you’re an athlete, weekend warrior, or simply looking to regain flexibility for everyday activities, ART could be the answer. This patented soft tissue system combines precisely applied manual pressure with specific patient motions to break up adhesions and scar tissue.

Over 500 studies validate the effectiveness of ART for:

  • Reducing muscle and joint pain
  • Restoring normal nerve function
  • Increasing range of motion
  • Releasing tension to enhance athletic performance
  • Promoting faster recovery from injury

Unlike traditional physical therapy or massage, ART pinpoints restricted areas in muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Using expert palpation skills and feedback from patients on sensation and comfort levels, our therapists apply pressure while gently moving the affected body parts in various directions. This allows us to feel for and address abnormal tissues.

It’s like a deep tissue massage crossed with mobilization movements. We break up adhesions, relieve nerve entrapments, and restore healthy muscle motion. Patients often describe the sensation as intensely relieving. It’s extremely effective at eliminating the underlying causes of nagging aches, pains, and mobility limitations.

Who Benefits From ART?

ART is a game changer for anyone dealing with:

  • Chronic neck, back, knee, shoulder, or other joint pain
  • Limited flexibility due to past injuries and scar tissue
  • Frequent headaches or nerve irritation
  • Difficulty recovering from strains, sprains, or surgery
  • Athletic performance plateaus from muscle tightness
  • Discomfort that anti-inflammatories and rest fail to resolve

Whether you’re 18 or 80, if the activities you love—from gym sessions to playing with grandkids—are hindered by nagging issues in your muscles and joints, ART could help you find relief.

What Sets On Track Physiotherapy Apart?

Our therapists offer unparalleled expertise using ART to alleviate complex orthopedic, postoperative, occupational, and sports injuries.

What makes our clinic special?

  • Advanced Certifications and Ongoing Training – Our therapists complete rigorous ART certification and participate in continuing education to hone their skills —you’re in elite hands.
  • Holistic, Patient-Centric Care – We personalize ART and tailor exercise based on individual needs, not generic injury patterns. This ensures you receive targeted, effective treatment.
  • Proven Results – The majority of our patients report a significant decrease in pain and improved mobility within 3-6 ART sessions. Most experience increased flexibility and lasting benefits through combining ART with self-care strategies.

Ready to move, perform, and feel better without painful limitations?

Answers to Your Top Active Release Technique Questions

The thought of intensive manual therapy on your aching joints may sound intense. Here are answers to common ART questions from our patients:

Does ART actually work?
Absolutely. Multiple peer-reviewed studies validate ART’s effectiveness. A 2022 clinical trial found just 4-6 treatments significantly reduced shoulder pain and disability. ART also demonstrates positive outcomes for relieving plantar fasciitis, increasing hip mobility, and easing chronic neck dysfunction.

How long does ART take to work?
Patients often report an immediate decrease in discomfort and effortless movement following initial sessions. As we eliminate tissue restrictions over 3-6 visits, range of motion progressively improves, pain diminishes, and function restores. A 2004 study showed range of motion increased by over 100% after just 1-3 ART treatments. Though the exact number of sessions needed varies per individual, most patients achieve optimal results within 6 visits. We customize long-term self-care plans to help sustain gains.

Will ART hurt or have side effects?
Some mild soreness can occur after initial treatments from releasing tension in tissues not used to moving freely. This temporary response is normal. ART should never cause injury or require extended recovery periods between sessions.

Our therapists carefully monitor patient feedback and comfort throughout treatments. We’ll guide you through controlled motions to specifically target problem tissues without overstressing areas. Let your therapist know if anything we do ever feels unbearable so we can adjust our approach. Our goal is to create lasting change without discomfort.

Meet Your On Track Physiotherapy ART Specialists

Dr. Morgan Kennedy, one of our physical therapists, boasts advanced certifications in Integrated Manual Therapy, Applied Functional Science, and Functional Dry Needling. She takes pride in helping athletes overcome injuries to return to sports they love.

About the Author

Dr. Greg Schaible puts patients at the forefront of his care. With years of experience, he guides individuals towards achieving their best selves. At On Track Physiotherapy in Ann Arbor, Dr. Greg Schaible crafts individualized plans using cutting-edge techniques, empowering patients to overcome limitations and thrive.

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Scott R

Greg was the best physical therapist I’ve ever had. Eliminated all pains related to running, he focused on the entire body chain, rather than an individual area of concern. Highly Recommended!

Eric Kennedy

Overall great place and staff. Started going there for chronic back and muscle pain and saw results immediately. Can’t recommend enough