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Our Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) in Kansas City is the leading soft tissue therapies to treat muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.

Chiropractic Active Release Technique in Kansas City

Soft Tissue Therapy

Soft tissue structures can become adhered to one another, which can create a dense, tough tissue inside the body. For our patients, this often results in musculoskeletal pain. When adhesions (often known as trigger points) form, they interfere and alter the proper motion of the muscles and joints. Luckily, the chiropractors at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic are local experts in Active Release Technique in Kansas City. Collegiate, professional, and Olympic athletes often use A.R.T. in their soft tissue treatment!

What It Treats

Chiropractic A.R.T. can help reduce and/or eliminate musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain associated with, but not limited to:

  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Knee pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Shin splints
  • Little Leaguer’s elbow
  • Nerve entrapments

How Active Release Techniques Work

Chiropractic A.R.T. is the process of manually assessing soft tissue structures and applying a specific treatment protocol. There are over 500 specific techniques unique to A.R.T. Each protocol consists of applying precise tension and compression to the designated tissue.Once we apply the tension and compression, the patient will actively perform a specific movement or the doctor will take them passively through the movement.

Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.) in Kansas City are based on the idea that soft tissues—tissues that surround, connect, and support other structures in the body—may develop adhesions over time. These adhesions may alter a muscle’s ability contract or lengthen, resulting in altered joint movements that lead to discomfort and pain, affecting their day-to-day life and physical activity.

A.R.T. is not solely reserved for athletes or people who are extremely physically active. Anyone can benefit from our soft tissue therapy to improve musculoskeletal dysfunction that causes problems such as headaches, back pain, plantar fasciitis, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel, nerve entrapments, and more. 

Each patient receives their own, unique combination of techniques, because each patient requires specialized care. We first dedicate one-on-one time to isolate the problem. To target specific soft tissue, we have to understand where the issue lies. 

Along with a thorough examination, we often gain insight through speaking directly with our patients. Our number one priority is to understand where their pain stems from so that we can properly cater their A.R.T. and overall program to their needs. 

Only providers who are trained in A.R.T. in Kansas City can effectively perform your therapy. When done properly, A.R.T. can significantly improve sports performance, daily movement patterns, and muscle and joint function. That is mainly because adhesions create a drag and tension, so movements require more energy to complete. 

How F.I.T. Uses A.R.T.

F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic’s chiropractors use Active Release Techniques in Kansas City to restore the proper motion, texture, and tightness to the muscles, fascia, ligaments, nerves, and tendons. This can reduce or even eliminate the patient’s pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction.

All doctors at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic are passionate about bringing this elite treatment to Kansas City patients. Regardless of your athletic skill set, our chiropractors can help you find relief from your pain.

Our team focuses on providing the best care to maximize patient outcomes. Because of this, we study and understand how to combine over 500 movement techniques to individualize each treatment to a patient’s needs. This allows us to hone in on specific structures to target the underlying soft tissue.

Active Release Techniques in Kansas City are a non-invasive therapy that focus on improving blood flow and breaking up scarred or adhered soft tissue. Our chiropractors use a sports medicine approach at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic using the technique on a variety of patients, no matter how small or big the problem. Since our therapy is so customized, each patient receives a treatment that is exclusively their own, rather than the general muscle massage that you may have received at another Kansas City clinic. 

Our chiropractors have performed countless Active Release Techniques in Kansas City and have mastered the art of non-invasive musculoskeletal patient care. We don’t believe in generalized treatments simply because we don’t deal with generalized problems. At F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic, we support our patients through their journey from start to finish. 


With our expertise, we open the door for a variety of patients to seek A.R.T. therapy. Not only designed for one type of person, Active Release Techniques in Kansas City work great for athletes, laborers, office workers, gym-goers, older adults, and generally anyone who suffers from adhered or scarred soft tissue. 

Common signs of tissue adhesions or scarring include:

  • Tingling, numbness, or weakness
  • Stiff neck
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint inflammation
  • Reduced flexibility 
  • Range of motion loss
  • Sharp pain in the bottom of the foot
  • Abnormal pain when exercising
  • Decreased strength

We highly recommend that all patients come into one of our offices to determine if A.R.T is right for them. We never want people to diagnose themselves or ignore the problem. This could lead to more injury and/or the problem worsening. 

After receiving Active Release Techniques, many of our patients can enjoy:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Pain relief
  • Reduced tension headaches
  • Better range of motion
  • Management of musculoskeletal conditions such as carpal tunnel, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and more

How Do Soft Adhesions Form?

Soft tissue adhesions form in different ways, depending on the patient’s lifestyle. These fibrous bands may result from repetitive/cumulative stress, injuries, surgery, improper movement, and even poor posture. Although part of the body’s natural healing process, they may cause stiffness and pain in some people if not managed appropriately. 

Oftentimes, muscle overuse injuries without the right amount of recovery could also lead to adhesions and scarring. Muscle overuse and the resulting adhesions may come from an accumulation of microtraumas (small tears), not getting enough oxygen, or abrupt acute factors (collisions, injuries, pulls, tears, etc.). 

Regardless of how a patient’s soft tissue adhesions came about, our chiropractors at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic can use Active Release Techniques in Kansas City to treat different ailments. We focus on each patient’s specific goals to ensure we perform a highly customized treatment that is effective and up to standard. An A.R.T. therapy session should never implement the same techniques for every patient, so patients should expect their trained chiropractor to adjust his or her motion patterns to reach the optimal patient outcome. 

We highly recommend patients always speak to our team or visit one of our offices to determine if A.R.T. in Kansas City is right for them. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Does FIT have active release techniques certification?

Each of our providers are trained in this technique and hold a range of certifications.

Are active release techniques effective?

Yes, active release techniques in Kansas City are an evidence-based practice with proven results. Our chiropractors find it very effective for a variety of injuries and especially those related to overuse and repetitive injuries.

Is A.R.T. right for you?

Take a couple of minutes to tell us about your symptoms and pain areas. Prefer to chat over the phone? Call us for a free phone consultation.

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Contact Us 1800 Wyandotte #201 Kansas City, MO 64108 22120 Midland Dr. Shawnee, KS 66226 15040 Newton Lane Overland Park, KS 66223 401 NW Murray Rd Lee's Summit, MO 64081 9120 Metcalf Ave Overland Park, KS 66212 2113 E Kansas City Rd. Olathe, KS 66061 5000 East Bannister Rd. Suite 100 Kansas City, MO 64137 1860 N. Church Rd. Suite B Liberty, MO 64068 11340 Nall Ave Suite 200B Overland Park, KS 66211 505 S. Hospital Dr. Paola, KS 66071 121 N. Dean Ave Raymore, MO 64083