The Muscle Release Technique ™ was developed by Mr. Michael Young LMT, who introduced the MRT as part of his concept of Repetitive Use Injury Therapy (RUIT®).
MRT™ is increasingly taught and recognized as a relatively simple, and yet very effective method to treat various types of chronic and acute pain stemming from trauma, degeneration, age, sport related injury or repetitive use of various parts of our body.
The Muscle Release Technique™ is a unique injury therapy that combines muscle compression, extension, movement and breathing technique, executed in a fluid, rhythmic way, and provides the therapist with a tool which frequently relieves chronic pain in a single session. With MRT scar tissue is broken up, muscles are lengthened, lost muscle memory is restored and relief from pain often starts immediately.
It is important to understand that Muscle Release Technique ™ is not a treatment of the muscle. It is the treatment of various conditions by way of realizing the connection between joints, nerves, organs and muscles. Many times if one knows how to release the musculature connected to a painful site or joint – he or she can rid himself or his/her patient from pain.
The following is a brief and simple theory on which TMR™ is based:
We tend to become “stiff” and sore due to numerous reasons. The main reason, however is due to the fact that the muscles tighten up and become shorter. It can be the result of repetitive use, stress, trauma or injury etc.
When a muscle shortens, circulation is restricted and normal detoxification process of the affected area is halted or significantly slowed down. Due to a process know as the “cycle of pain” the painful area contracts in a cyclic pattern until it can not contract any more. This is an instinctive reflex related misguided protective action of our Central Nervous System.
Imagine a fighter about to receive a strong punch to the abdomen. How does he respond? His arm/s drop to block the incoming punch, his abdominal muscles start to contract, his whole body contract instinctively in preparation for the impact. If the punch lands and causes severe pain and damage, the brain responds with an order “protect yourself – contract your muscles even more so they are tight as a wall.” As the muscles in the injured area contact, they tighten around the local blood vessels nerves and organs, cutting of normal supply of oxygenated blood and nutrients to the area and starting a process off accumulation of waste, such as blood and lymphatic fluid draining inwards from injured site. When circulation is cut off, and nerves are compressed, even more pain develops, and the misguided brain calls once more “ tighten up”. The more the injured site tightens – the more painful it becomes, and this process turns in to a vicious cycle.
Muscle Release Technique™ treats successfully cases in which there is a dire need to break this vicious cycle of pain. The TRM does it by RELEASING the tightened, shortened muscles connected to the painful site or joint, and thus restoring proper circulation, oxygen supply, waste elimination, and alleviating the pressure on involved nerves.
Contraindications and other suggestions
No work is being done if the client experiences excruciating pain resulting from the MSR or any other reason.
No work is done over open wounds, edema or severe cases of varicose veins.
Working on client’s neck, following a very recent trauma is warranted only with written Doctor’s release.
No work is being done on a site of a torn tendon, until after surgical intervention and healing.
Clients with bone spurs in the shoulder or hip joints are not suitable for this treatment.
Clients taking large doses of powerful painkillers are to be worked on very lightly (since they are oblivious of their true pain tolerance).
Client’s that use chiropractic or osteopathic help are welcome, but it is more beneficial to see a MRT therapist BEFORE a chiropractic or other treatment, since in this way the MRT therapist may loosen the tight muscles before the chiropractic/osteopathic adjustment.
THAT WHICH IS FLEXIBLE AND FLOWING WILL PROSPER AND GROW,
THAT WHICH IS RIGID AND BLOCKED WILL WHITHER AND DIE.
TAO TE CHING