What is it?
Rapid Release Therapy (RRT) is the latest in therapeutic technology focused on relief of soft tissue problems affecting nerves, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. RRT was created to deliver vibrational therapy using a very high frequency with a very small stroke, thus producing fast, lasting results. In addition, this frequency is in a range that is known to relax muscle guarding or spasms.
How does it work?
Tonic vibration reflex – The tonic vibration reflex, named by is a sequence of responses within the neuromusculoskeletal system that is triggered when a muscle or muscles is/are contracted and is stimulated through high frequency vibration. Evidence from acute direct vibration studies suggests that an excitatory response to the muscle fibers creates an uncoupling of co-contracted muscles (Echlin and Fessard, 1938). Scar tissue that is formed in our joints due to chronic wear and tear or direct trauma can also trap nerve irritation, thus creating pain. Vibration therapy can target this scar tissue in the joints to reduce irritation to the trapped nerves and improve blood flow to stimulate soft-tissue healing.
Who can it help?
RRT can be beneficial to those suffering with repetitive stress injuries such as tendonopathy as well as muscle strains or ligament sprains. However, the treatment can also prove potentially beneficial for injury prevention and improved performance.
A research study was performed on 25 professional football players who chose to use RRT for injury treatment, pre workout warm-up or post workout recovery.
Results of the study showed that participants using RRT for injury treatment reported the average number of sessions required to reach “significantly better” was 4. Of those participants opting for pre and post workout treatments, 100% reported the sessions to be moderately or very helpful.
For more information about Rapid Release Therapy, call 206-842-4929 or request an appointment to set up your consultation.