Active Release

Active Release Techniques® Soft Tissue Management System (ART®) is a manual treatment system Dr. Strebul uses to diagnose and treat soft-tissue injuries.  Through this highly effective, non-invasive and drug-free treatment, he works the soft tissue by breaking scar tissue and allowing the muscle to function optimally.  Dr. Strebul is able to diagnose the presence of abnormal inflammation and adhesions by examining the tissue’s texture, tension, and movement.  With ART®, Dr. Strebul has helped many people to recover from neck and back pain, numbness and tingling, joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and numerous other physical ailments, when they thought surgery was the only option.

This system is designed to accomplish three distinct objectives:
  1. Restore optimal motion of all soft tissue.
  2. To free entrapped nerves, blood vessels and lymphatics
  3. Return proper texture and function of all tissues
Dr. Strebul is pleased to be the first Chiropractor to bring ART® to Welland and Ridgeway.

What happens during an ART® treatment?

Every ART® session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. Dr. Strebul uses his hands to evaluate the texture, tension, movement and function of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

These treatment protocols – over 500 of them - are unique to ART®. They allow Dr. Strebul to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.  ART® is not a cookie-cutter approach.

Treatments take about 8-15 minutes for each area being treated. A condition may require two to ten visits before full functionality is restored. Manipulation, if required, is frequently carried out in conjunction with ART® to increase treatment effectiveness.
Whenever possible, Dr. Strebul has his patients perform active movements during the treatment process. Active motions stimulate neurological pathways in the spinal cord that help to reduce pain during treatment.   Motion also helps to reproduce the stresses the patient will actually be under during normal active motion.

What is ART® Performance Care?

Performance Care, a combination of biomechanics, Active Release Techniques®, and exercises, work together to improve an athlete's performance in his or her chosen sport.

Dr. Strebul knows that subtle or gross changes in the physiology of an athlete's body can have a tremendous impact on the time and effort required to perform an activity. A difference of just a few seconds improvement in a runner’s performance can mean the difference between a win or loss.

However, difficult training regimes, repetitive motions (swimming, running, cycling), and overworked muscles all place a great deal of stress on an athlete's body. These stresses cause physiological changes that cannot be counter-acted by simple exercise regimes. They require physical manipulation of the tissues to remove the problem and return the athlete to optimal performance.

ART®, with its ability to remove restrictive adhesive tissue, can help improve performance in any sport, from skiing, weight lifting, and football, to running, cycling, golf, and swimming.

How does ART® Performance Care Differ from ART® Injury Care?

ART® Injury Care deals with known, existing, identifiable injuries to soft tissue. Its goal is to remove the cause of these injuries, and return the soft tissues to normal condition.

In contrast, ART® Performance Care is used to increase the performance of an athlete (speed, endurance, strength) by working with soft tissues to enhance their performance. Performance Care identifies unnoticed, or hidden restrictions in the motion of the body, and removes these restrictions to restore full function to the soft tissues. Performance Care requires a good understanding of the biomechanics of the human body.

Conditions ART®
can treat:

Dr. Strebul uses ART® to treat a broad range of soft tissue injuries, including the following:
  • Arthritis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Back Pain/Injuries
  • Bicepital Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • De Quervains's tenosynovitis
  • Foot pain/injury
  • Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis
  • Golfers/Tennis elbow (Tendonitis)
  • Headaches
  • Hip Pain
  • Ilio tibial band syndrome
  • Shoulder Impingement syndromes
  • Knee meniscus injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Muscle pulls or strains
  • Muscle weakness
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Entrapment Syndromes
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Post surgical
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Rib Pain
  • Rotator cuff syndrome
  • Running Injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Swimmers Shoulder
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Throwing Injuries
  • TMJ
  • Weight Lifting Injuries
  • Whiplash (Hyperextension/hyperflexion injury)