Active Release Technique Specialist

Fremont Chiropractic

Steve Abercrombie, DC

Chiropractor & Active Release Technique Specialist located in Fremont, CA

Musculoskeletal problems like back and neck pain, knee problems, and shoulder issues are often caused by muscle strains, tightness, or overuse. Steve Abercrombie, DC at Fremont Chiropractic uses innovative techniques like Active Release Techniques (ART®) to restore muscle function and movement. With 15 years serving the community of Fremont, California, Dr. Abercrombie has dedicated his life to relieving chronic pain and restoring people back to health. If you’re looking for compassionate and innovative solutions for your pain, call Fremont Chiropractic or schedule a consultation online today.

Active Release Technique Q & A

What is Active Release Techniques (ART)?

ART is a specialized massage therapy focused on restoring function and mobility to soft tissues and overused muscles. This overuse can lead to painful conditions associated with your tendons, ligaments, fascia, nerves, and muscles. Some of these include:

  • Sciatica
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Shin splints
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Injury that was not properly treated (with symptoms persisting or worsening)


ART restores the health of these tissues and muscles by using soft tissue and movement-based massage. It’s especially effective at repairing nerve entrapment and muscle issues such as strains, pain, scar tissue, and tightness.

How does ART work?

The goal of ART is to eliminate scar tissue in your muscles and soft tissue.

When muscles and other soft tissues are overused, they can develop multiple small tears and suffer from a lack of oxygen. This damage to the muscles and tissues triggers the production of scar tissue.

As scar tissue builds up, it restricts movement in your body. Your muscles weaken and shorten, your tendons suffer more tension -- leading to tendonitis -- and your nerves can become restricted.

Symptoms of scar tissue buildup include pain, weakness, and limited range of motion. If scar tissue affects your nerves, you may have numbness and tingling in the area.

What can I expect during my appointment?

During your appointment, Dr. Abercrombie uses his specialized ART training in combination with his chiropractic expertise to evaluate your condition manually (using his hands alone). This approach enables him to feel the movement, tightness, and texture of your muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves to identify problem areas and scar tissue.

Based on your evaluation, Dr. Abercrombie draws on the more than 500 ART-specific moves that are designed to treat your specific condition. Because ART techniques target the trigger points causing your pain, you might experience some discomfort during your treatment.

Dr. Abercrombie wants to help you reach optimal health now and to stay healthy in the future. To help you avoid re-injury in the future, he might also recommend lifestyle coaching and nutrition counseling to support your health.

If you’re searching for solutions for your chronic pain, call Fremont Chiropractic today or schedule a consultation online.