Myofascial release therapy (MRT) is a form of massage that primarily focuses on releasing short muscles and reducing tightness in the muscular and fascial system.

Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds and connects all our muscles, joints and organs. Releasing fascial tension and restrictions can help with a number of conditions and symptoms.

MRT can be useful for treating

  • Loss of flexibility or function after an injury
  • Reducing the pain associated with ongoing back, neck, shoulder or hip problems but are applicable to any area containing soft tissue.

Myofascial pain is caused by muscles that become adhesed by tight fascia or from damaged myofascial tissue itself. Damaged myofascia often forms trigger points, where a contraction of muscle fibers has restricted blood flow. The aim of MRT is to restore range of motion by stretching and loosening the fascia, restoring the patient’s range of motion and relieving pain.

MRT involves the gentle application of pressure and stretching to affected areas. Pressure will often be sustained on trigger point areas to affect a release.

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