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Myofascial Release Treatment: What it is and how it can help

Myofascial Release Treatment (MRT) is a slow form of massage.  It is often performed without lubricants as the therapist needs to manipulate the fibres of the fascia.  Fascia is the interconnected tissue that binds muscles, joint and organs of the body. This article explains what MRT is and how it can help you move better and feel better.

Myofascial Release Treatment (MRT) helps if you’ve lost flexibility or function after an injury. It is also beneficial if you have pain or tightness in an area of soft tissue.

Tightness can restrict movement or pull the body out of alignment. It can cause you to compensate and favour one side. You might also experience stiffness or less movement in a joint.

The aim of MRT is to relax tight muscles, improve the lymphatic and circulatory systems and encourage the stretch reflex. Gentle, constant pressure is applied to loosen and lengthen tightness in the fascia. It also works to break down adhesions between tissues.  This can take a number of sessions to achieve as it takes time for the tissues to soften and re-align.

Although the therapeutic benefits of MRT aren’t scientifically clear, it has many advocates.  Thomas Myers, an expert in MRT, calls Myofascial Release a ‘shape shifter’ that produces many physical and mental positive changes.

MRT can be powerful so it’s best to avoid intense treatments in areas where you feel lots of pain.  This is because it can bruise the muscles and might not produce the desired effect. It’s therefore important to see an experienced MRT professional if choosing this type of therapy.

Types of Myofascial Release:

Myofascial Release is explained as direct and indirect release.

Direct Release is often described as deep pressure tissue work. This method uses force or weight. Therapists use tools like cups, their knuckles or elbows to slowly stretch the deep and superficial fascia. This increases the length and mobility of soft tissue.

Indirect Release is a more gentle technique as the therapist applies less pressure. This treatment encourages the fascia to slowly unwind to improve movement.

How We Can Help:

At Physiotas our Remedial Massage Therapists are highly professional and experienced in MRT. They are also committed to helping you move better and feel better.

Please feel free to contact our therapists to discuss how Myofascial Release Treatment could benefit you.

About the Author:

Natalie Claudio is a Remedial Massage Therapist at Physiotas in Launceston.

Natalie has been practicing Remedial massage since 2010.

Her interest for massage encompasses a wide range of musculoskeletal pain and injuries ranging from chronic conditions to acute sports injuries. She is also performs pregnancy massage.

Natalie has regularly attended courses since graduating and has an interest in lumbar/pelvic instability, shoulder problems and integrated soft tissue with myofascial release techniques.

Time spent away from work usually involves gardening, sewing, bushwalking, yoga, meditation and walking her Bernese mountain dog. Trying to fit all this in is great fun.