Active Release Milwaukee

Manual Therapy A.R.T.

Active Release is a soft tissue system/movement based manual therapy technique (hands-on) that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.


Overused muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  • acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)

  • accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)

  • not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)

Each 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 scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendinitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.


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

Patients treated with ART typically respond positively with decreased pain and increased function, flexibility, and mobility.

Conditions Treated with Manual Therapy / Active Release Technique

  • Arthritis

  • Achilles tendinitis

  • Ankle injuries

  • Back pain

  • Bicipital tendinitis

  • Bunions

  • Bursitis

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Compartment syndrome (chronic)

  • Dupuytren’s contracture

  • Foot Pain

  • Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis

  • Gait imbalances

  • Golfer's/Tennis Elbow (epicondylitis)

  • Hand injuries

  • Headaches

  • Hip pain

  • Iliotibial band syndrome

  • Impingement syndrome

  • Knee pain

  • Leg injuries

  • Meniscus Injuries

  • Muscle pulls or strains

  • Myofasciitis

  • Neck pain

  • Nerve entrapment syndrome

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Post surgical

  • Repetitive strain injuries

  • Rib pain

  • Rotator cuff syndrome

  • Running injuries

  • Scar tissue formation

  • Sciatica

  • Shin splints

  • Shoulder pain

  • Swimmer's Shoulder

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)

  • TMJ Dysfunction

  • Whiplash

  • Wrist pain