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Understanding Myofascial Release Therapy

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In recent times, more and more people have been turning to Myofascial Release Therapy (MRT) for relief of pain and discomfort all over the body. Over the years it has become a popular component of physical therapy. The pressure sensitive massaging technique has raised many questions as people try to understand how it works and if it really does.

 

What is Myofascial Release Therapy?

It is a hands-on massaging procedure that involves the therapist putting pressure on myofascial connective tissue in the body in an attempt to reduce pain. Myofascial tissue is the hardened, fibrous membranes that hold your muscles together and, therefore, have to be handled with the right amount of pressure.

MRT is used to treat a range of ailments and dysfunctions, particularly those having to do with soft tissue. It can be used to alleviate pain and tightness in various joints and muscles, to treat loss of flexibility in an area after an injury, or even to treat migraines. Additionally, the use of MRT has also been found to be effective in treating carpal tunnel syndrome and Temporo-Mandibular Joint Disorder.

 

Why Use Myofascial Release Therapy?

The thought process governing the use of MRT is that myofascial tissue is all over the body and, with massage therapy proving to be highly effective it is believed that MRT can help to unlock restricted fascia, whether in skeletal or connective tissue. Restricted fascia or myofascial tissue has several causes, including surgery, inflammation, trauma, and tension build-up. These can put immense pressure on connective tissue, causing pain and discomfort, but won’t show up on typical exams such as x-rays and CAT scans.

Myofascial Release Therapy is a focused type of massage that allows direct contact and pressure on the affected area. The therapist is trained to not only locate the restricted fascia (by feeling for tissue that does not relax as it should when manually coaxed) but also exert the right amount of pressure for the right amount of time to bring relief.

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