Active Release Technique Singapore

Active Release Technique Singapore refers to a patented soft tissue management system that treats targeted problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.

Some of the conditions that can be treated with this approach includes but is not limited to:

  • Headaches
  • back pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • shin splints
  • shoulder pain
  • sciatica
  • plantar fasciitis
  • knee problems
  • and tennis elbow

These conditions all have one thing in common - they're often related to overuse injuries.

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Difference with ART vs Massage

They may sound similar, but the approach, technique and procedures are very different and the clinical outcomes they produce are also very different.

For massage, there are many different styles, and in general, massage promotes relaxation of tight/tense muscles and increases localized and global circulation.

Active Release Technique is a protocol specifically created for the correction of adhesions and scar tissues that restrict gliding and mobility. Any patient who had experienced ART before will likely be able to tell you that ART is definitely not the same as massage.

Yes, ART does help treat and reduce pain from trigger points, as trigger points are generally tightened fibres in the muscles that have become tender and causing referred pain.

Another example is if we have a trigger point in our piriformis muscles, which is a deep muscle in our glutes (buttock muscles), the trigger point will send information to your brain that there is a problem in your glute that shoots down the back of your leg and into your foot...and that's when patients give us the funny look, saying:

"Um, where you're treating me...that ISN'T where the pain is."

We know.

Sometimes, by correcting the muscle function, the trigger point goes away and so does the referred pain. BUT we work on an area that may not be hurting or doesn't normally hurt. As clinicians, we don't want to just "chase pain", which is to just work on areas that has pain - we want to focus on the core problem that causes the pain on top of providing pain relief.

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What are adhesions?

Our bodies has special protein structures called connective tissues, which is also known as fascia. This connective tissue, as it name suggests, connects each part to other parts and at an overview, looks like the skin for our skeleton.

When this connective tissue is healthy, it is smooth and glides easily, allowing the muscles, nerves, vessels and organs to move freely and function well. When unhealthy, it becomes sticky and "adhesive", like sticky tape that is smooth on one side and sticky on the other.

So to understand what an adhesion is, rub the sticky side of the tape along your skin, and you will feel the "sticking" sensation of an adhesion - that drag you feel, is the closest simulator of what an adhesion is like. These adhesions stick to muscles, vessels, lymphs and nerves, decreasing their ability to function properly.

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Doesn't stretching get rid of adhesions?

We wish they do, but they don't. Stretching plays a vital role in the prevention and treatment of injuries but stretching doesn't break down adhesions. Adhesions aren't like normal tissues that can easily stretch and glide - adhesions band together preventing the normal gliding required for normal movement.

When a person stretches, normal tissues also stretch...but adhered tissue doesn't. Forcing an adhered tissue to stretch can cause damage to healthy tissue and increase the amount of adhesions.

That being said, stretching correctly is still vital, but it will never release the restrictions that are already present.

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Will ART help with exercises and stretches?

Stretching and exercises are most effected with no injuries OR after the the injuries/dysfunction has been resolved and correctly released. Stretching and exercises dysfunctional tissues will only lead to dysfunctional movements and results.

It is the combination of accurately diagnosing the problem, administering active release techniques, functional training, stretching and lifestyle changes that will lead to long term results.

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Even during the first session and consultation, you will get treatment as well. The therapist/clinician will first take your history, assess, diagnose and treat the problems. They will also discuss with you treatment options and an idea how long it'd take for your problem to be resolved (estimate)


It is best to wear loose, comfortable clothing. If you have a lower body injury, please bring a pair of shorts, if possible.

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What is an ART treatment like?

Every ART session has two elements to them - examination and treatment. The ART clinician will use his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and the movement (or lack 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 specific moves - are unique to ART that allows allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.

View profile of Dr Micaiah Meuer, DC, who practices chiropractic techniques and Active Release Technique Singapore

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Our Physio & Rehab Expertise

Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist physiotherapists and specialist rehab therapists who are highly trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of expert care to our patients.

Areas of specialization

  • physiotherapy: back and neck (spine), sports, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle
  • hand therapy: forearm, wrist, hand and fingers
  • podiatrist: leg, calf, ankle, foot and toes
  • read more on our specializations here

All our therapists are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCM). See our entire team here by location and specialization.

Initially, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover. They then provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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We are a wholly Singapore Private Limited group of licensed physiotherapists, hand therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, sports massage therapists, clinical pilates practitioners and TCM physicians practicing in our scope of rehabilitation and its areas of specializations.

As listed in our website are the list of services we provide our clients as referred by their medical doctors or by self referrals/word of mouth, but you can also make an appointment without seeing any doctors (that being said, if you do need a referral to a specialist orthopedic surgeon or sports GP, we will recommend you too as value added service at no additional costs to you).

The range of rehabilitation results vary from patients to patients, depending on a variety of factors and reasons such as severity of condition, genetics, gender and age. However, we will still deliver the best evidence-based-practice of physiotherapy, hand therapy, TCM, sports training and deep tissue release therapy that we can deliver (we are proud to say that we try our best to only engage the most experienced and specialist therapists - which makes a big difference in clinical outcomes).

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