Myofascial Release Technique (MRT) is a therapy that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. Many patients benefit from MRT after losing flexibility and/or function resulting from an injury or repetitive stress. The procedure involves applying pressure to a trigger point, or an area of muscle tightness. While pressure is applied, the muscle is stretched and taken through its full range of motion. This helps to alleviate areas of pain, tenderness, muscle adhesions, and fascia adhesions. MRT is an innovative, hands-on soft tissue movement and stretching technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.
Treated Conditions all have one important thing in common, they are often a result of overused muscles:
- Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Shoulder Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Knee Problems
- Tennis Elbow
The above list are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with MRT.
How does MRT work?
We all experience injuries to our soft tissues from traumatic events or repetitive behaviors that build up over time. These changes create a hypoxic (lack of oxygen) environment leading to scar tissue, muscle adhesions and nerve entrapments. These negative soft tissue responses cause a change in the tissue texture, tension and how the muscle is supposed to move. This leads to discomfort, pain, stiffness and immobility. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
With MRT, Dr. Fuhrmann will use his skilled hands to find these problems and release the tension/scarring to bring blood flow to the area to heal the structure and allow for proper motion, strength and function. MRT allows Dr. Fuhrmann to identify what is impaired (muscle, nerve, tendon, or fascia) while providing expedited relief of the soft tissue restriction. MRT allows for manual release of the nerves that are entrapping the blood flow to the muscles which directly causes the pain. By releasing these entrapments, the body naturally repairs itself. This method is much more effective than massage or other hot/cold therapy treatments because it gets to the core of the problem, not just the inflammation. Patients can experience relief almost immediately with improved functional outcomes long term.
What is an MRT treatment like?
Every MRT session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. Dr. Fuhrmann uses his highly skilled hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
MRT is used with other therapies, such as IASMT, cold laser, spinal manipulation, etc to address all issues of your condition to ensure you receive the best treatment possible.