What happens during an ART® treatment?

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What is ART® treatment?

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.


Niagara Spine and Sport Therapy is a multi-disciplinary clinic offering chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy and physiotherapy for the treatment of acute and chronic pain in Welland, Niagara Falls, and surrounding areas. Our clinic director and owner, Dr. John Strebul, DC is a Chiropractor that specializes in the treatment of sports and repetitive strain injuries. Dr. Strebul provides a functional approach to treating all injuries by implementing various therapies including Active Release Techniques(ART), Joint Manipulation, Medical Acupuncture, Laser, and Spinal Decompression. He has helped athletes of all levels with injury recovery and performance enhancement.

Dr. Strebul and the team at Niagara Spine and Sport Therapy can help relieve your pain, promote your health and wellness and enhance your performance.