What is Myofascial Release Technique (MRT)?
MRT is a hands on therapy that excels at treating a variety of soft tissue structures including muscles, ligaments, fascia (connective tissue that lies between muscles), and even entrapped nerves. MRT treats a wide variety of conditions that generally result from overuse (workplace) injuries, repetitive strain, sports injuries, and post-surgical cases. In essence, MRT is ideal for athletes and laborers alike.
How does it work?
The concept behind MRT is the breaking of the soft tissue injury cycle. When soft tissue is injured from either trauma or overuse, scar tissue is laid down at the site. If not treated properly, structures can become adhered together (called adhesions). These structures begin to lose function, become weak and tight, and ultimately lose oxygen and proper nutrition. The end result is reduced motion and pain. The provider finds these areas of dysfunction, and through applying a manual tension on the muscle while moving the muscle through its full range of motion, releases adhesions and dysfunction.
What conditions does MRT treat?
Many conditions of muscle, ligament, fascia, or nerves can be treated by MRT. These include, but are not limited to, headache, back or neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splits, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, tennis elbow, and TMJ syndrome. Common symptoms that signal a need for MRT include: reduced range of motion, pain with movement, muscle weakness, and reduced performance. Prior to receiving treatment, the Doctor will perform a thorough evaluation.