Active Release Techniques (ART)

What is ART?

What are the benefits of ART?

Who should consider ART?

What is the treatment like?

What is Active Release Techniques?

Active Release Techniques (ART) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. 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 permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often the result of overused muscles.

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Benefits of ART

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

  1. acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
  2. accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  3. not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)

All 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 a scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker; tension on tendons can cause tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. These problems reduce range of motion and strength, and also cause pain. If a nerve is trapped, you may also feel tingling and numbness.

Chelsea Layden Power

“I got excited about ART when I was treated for back pain by Dr. Jayson Shephard in Calgary, Alberta. After experiencing ART firsthand I thought, ‘I want to do that.’ So I set out to do it.”

John Power, RMT, ART provider

Who Should Consider ART?

ART is a highly successful treatment not only for athletes but to anyone who leads an active life, sits at a computer all day, or enjoys gardening. Many daily activities cause repetitive stress and the formation of scar tissue. Scar tissue creates symptoms of pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion, numbness and weakness, ART has a 90% success rate in treating these symptoms permanently.

What is an ART treatment like?

Each appointment is a combination of examination and treatment. A hands-on treatment, John evaluates the texture, tightness and movement of soft tissues to locate any limitations. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

What our patient’s say about ART.

“I have been visiting Dr Chelsea & John both exclusively for all my chiropratic and ART / Massage needs, for well over 11 years now. As I enter my senior years, I have been clearly more mobile and in better health due their regular adjustments, treatments and practical advice. I highly recommend them to be part of YOUR active lifestyle. Its also great to see their clients cover all ages, from babies to seniors, so you know they are for everyones goal of helping to achieve optimum wellness.”

Greg Bialobzyski

“I will forever go to Power Health for treatments and to keep my body in check. John is extremely professional and knowledgeable & thinks outside the box. He has helped all of my injuries and without a doubt is the best in the city.”

Meg B

“John is excellent at Active Release Therapy which has been a huge part in relieving my shoulder pain. He is always great to deal with and super personable with his customers.”

Tyrell Foreman

“This type of treatment works wonders on muscles and tendons that are causing pain…tennis elbow…bursitis shoulder…tight psoas or tight hips causing back pain…and Dr John is very good at it.”

Brad Lockhart

“I don’t have enough words for how GREAT Power Health is. John is full of so much knowledge. I highly recommend him and his team. I have seen multiple people for different injuries and will no longer go anywhere else.”

Meg B

“I have been seeing John for ART for almost 3 years now. I train at Fuel and compete in CrossFit, this is a life saver for me anytime I feel small tweaks he fixes them up. I don’t do a lot of rehab but I do this every 2 weeks because I see the best results. Everyone is super friendly there and I book ahead to ensure I’m consistently getting fixed up. 5/5 check it out!”

Amanda Jeffrey

“Active Release Technique has been the first time I’ve felt benefits from any massage technique outside of mild relaxation. It has been very helpful in increasing mobility for a problematic shoulder. John knows his field of expertise well, and can easily explain what he’s working on and why. He’s good natured and has a very positive impact not just through treatment, but also in sharing his knowledge and experience in an entertaining way. The staff are friendly and helpful, which makes the environment feel comfortable overall. The business itself is clean and well maintained.”

Stephen MacKAY

“John Power at Power Health has worked wonders for my kids. As teenagers they’ve gone to him for sports related injuries and he has helped them get back to full health quickly and safely.”

Matthew Baines

“I’m Fu<¥ing impressed; I had pain in calves when walking then after one treatment being able to sprint again with NO PAIN! ART is magic and John is a magician. Do yourself a favour and go see him!"

Natasha McAuley

“Whenever I leave Power Health I always feel ten times better than when I walked in! I’ve been to other ART specialists and nobody is better than John Powers at Power Health! If you want the fastest most effective treatment available then Power Health’s ART is for you! The professionalism held at Power Health is unmatched by any other in the area. I never leave Power Health without learning something. John Powers truly is an expert in human performance!”

Jason Wegner

“John and Dr. Chelsea run the best physiotherapy/ chiropractic/ soft tissue clinic i have ever been to. I am an elite that has trained everywhere in the U.S. and Canada; Power Health has exceeded all other places with their treatment, knowledge, care, and overall experience. Everyone I recommend to see them thanks me because after their first visit they know that they are on the way to healing themselves permanently. Thank you Power Health!”

Ben Kennedy

“I started to go to see John Power for Active Release Therapy when I had a lot of headaches and mobility issue with my neck. John is so knowledgeable and after a treatment you feel immediate relief. Treatment is powerful and intense but you feel so amazing afterwards it has now become a regular part of my personal health and wellness regime. If you suffer from any kind of body aches and pains and stiffness, anything, try Active Release Therapy, it won’t disappoint!!”

Anneli Janssens

“John is a genius. He got me running pain free after a hip injury had me out for over 8 months. Nobody else could fix me. So thankful!!!”

Michelle deBoer