This medical type manual therapy helps decrease inflammation stuck in between the fascia layers and skeletal muscle tissue which takes away pain and immobility. It can also help with lymphatic circulation after an injury. If you’re dealing with muscle pain and tightness, or circulation issues, this could be the treatment for you.
Who can benefit from MRT?
This type of treatment is good for a large range of symptoms including:
- acute soft tissue trauma – For example, 24 – 48 hours after an auto accident
- chronic back and neck pain
- carpal tunnel
- hip pain / knee pain
- tension headaches
And that’s by no means a definitive list. This method of treatment is suitable for practically any type of muscle, joint, or lymphatic issue.
What does MRT do?
To answer this, we first have to know what the fascia are. It’s actually a connective tissue that covers most of the inner parts of the body, including your muscles. It’s thin and elastic, but also extremely tough. It’s a fibrous material, much like ligaments and tendons.
One of the contributions of osteopathic medicine is to recognize that the fascia can become restricted by trauma, overuse, inactivity, infection or disease. When the fascia is restricted, it also becomes restrictive to the muscle it surrounds. That means you can suffer muscle tension, diminished blood flow, and pain. MRT, when applied, will flush out excess water (edema/swelling) and release the fascia like pulling knots from yarn while replenishing the tissue with nutrients
What happens in treatment?
Your therapist will be manipulating trigger points, fascia near a joint, and inflammation in between the fascia and skin layers. Depending on your situation and areas of discomfort, it could be passive – meaning you do nothing and we do all the work; or active, where you’re asked to provide resistance. This process is not painful yet effective.
Where did it come from?
Myofascial release has its origins in osteopathic medicine, which arose through the work of Andrew Taylor Still in the late 19th century. The exact phrases talking about “myofascial trigger points” and “myofascial release” began appearing from the 1940s on. Some of the leading figures include Janet G. Travell, Robert Ward, and Ida Rolf.