Myofascial Release Therapy (MRT) applies sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue eliminating pain and restoring motion. “Myo” refers to muscle and “fascia” refers to the collagenous web that surrounds, supports, and connects muscles.
Dehydration and things like repetitive movement cause fascia and muscle to bind together inhibiting muscles’ to move efficiently. Pressure needs to be applied to these adhesions, or trigger points, to help break them up and release them.
A Dynamic Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic therapist will help you determine how Myofascial Release Therapy can help you.
Some conditions treated by MRT include Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia or migraine headaches.
Patient symptoms include:
- Tightness of tissues restricting motion or pulling the body out of alignment;
- A sense of excessive pressure on muscles or joints producing pain;
- Pain in any part of the body.
After a treatment
- Drink more water to help your body flush out toxins that have been built up in the tissues over time. This will also help prevent soreness after a treatment.
- We’ll give you an individualized self treatment and home exercise program to benefit you as you begin your healing journey. As you progress, we may change up or expand your home program with therapeutic exercises and specific stretches to help you achieve the goals we set together.
- Spend some quiet time bringing awareness into your body – give it permission to let go of anything no longer serving you, and give yourself permission to do and feel whatever you need to heal.
- Some people become nauseous or lightheaded or develop soreness during or after treatment. This should subside within a day or two and you should feel less pain and move more easily than you did before. If soreness lasts for more than a day or two, let us know.
- Your body will start trusting your mind again by the actions you take. When your body starts sending out signals – listen! Really give full attention to your body.
- As your body/mind communication improves, your body will start sending more subtle messages – like pressure or tightness – and you will now be open enough to feel these sensations and use them for guidance!
The Myofascial Release Therapy philosophy looks at the entire being. At Dynamic Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic we take this holistic approach to your care. Call us to see how MRT can help you!