Understanding Active Release Technique
One thing that differentiates chiropractic providers is the different modalities they use to treat patients. Standard adjustments in addition to other therapies are the key to successfully treating back pain and creating healthy living for patients. Active Release Technique (ART), a combination of focused stretching and addressing issues of scar tissue to treat pain in ligaments, nerves, tendons and muscles, is one of my preferred therapies for relieving muscle tightness to improve back health. The benefit of ART therapy is that it breaks down scar tissue on and in between the muscles by applying pressure with the hands to lengthen the tissue.
For further info: The Wall Street Journal has a nice brief article, "The Techniques Behind Active Release Therapy" that provides a nice highlight of ART therapy.