Our bodies are wrapped in a thin, fibrous tissue called fascia that offers a protective shield for our muscles and organs. When it is vital and healthy, fascia is relaxed, flexible and wavy allowing for complete range of motion. When fascia is tightened as a result of surgery, injury or underuse, it causes inflammation, pain and loss of range of motion.
Myofascial Release Therapy (MRT) is designed to release the tension in the fascia by smoothing out those hard “knots” and returning the fascia to its flexible, fluid state. MRT therapists do this by applying gentle, sustained pressure on those points of restriction, allowing the fascia to release. This is different from traditional massage, which focuses on relieving stress and tension of the soft tissue and musculature through touch and tissue manipulation.
Picture a stick of butter straight from the fridge. If you stabbed your finger into the butter, you would likely harm your finger and not make a dent in the butter. If you placed your finger on the butter and applied gentle, sustained pressure, your finger would slowly sink into the butter, melting your way through. This is essentially how MRT is applied to the body. Slow and steady wins the race!
The benefits of Myofascial Release Therapy are profound, especially for people living with chronic pain and mobility restrictions.
- Chronic pain relief
- Increased mobility
- Reduced muscle soreness
- Improved blood circulation
- Improved lymphatic circulation
Ultimately, MRT helps us to move better, recover faster, perform better and have less pain so we can continue to be active and lead healthier lives.