The science of the Muscle Recovery Tool (MRT) lies in the realm of myofascial release, more commonly know as deep tissue massage.
What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial release is the treatment of muscle immobility and pain. This is achieved by applying point pressure to the affected area to relax contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles.
As all athletes know, after a strenuous workout, the best way to release knots in the muscle, is to apply pressure to the area in a pushing motion. The use of a foam roller is what most people consider the cheaper, but less effective go to solution for muscle recovery aid. The more expensive, but much more effective option is a trip to your physio.
What makes MRT different?
Using the MRT can give you the best of both worlds. You can apply pressure precisely where you feel it is needed, thus ensuring maximum relief. This pressure helps to release and relax tight muscles and adhesions formed between muscle layers and their surroundings. This can restore normal blood flow and aid the healing of damaged tissue.
A variety of foam rollers have flooded the market over the years, but they do all have one thing in common; the level of difficulty to achieve correct level of pressure to certain muscles and areas of the body. Think of how difficult it is to apply the correct pressure to IT bands or calves using a foam roller. The unique design of the MRT, allows you to choose what surface of the MRT is best for each particular muscle. The MRT provides the pin-point accuracy and pressure sensation that a foam roller will never achieve.
How do we know MRT actually works?
The scientific stuff is all well and good, but when it comes to real life, there is only one thing that actually matters, does the MRT actually work, and how do we know this?
It's simple really, we've tried it ourselves, as well as getting friends and family to test it, and as we all know, no one would be more honest than family!
John has been using crude versions of the tool since his last cruciate operation, and has had fantastic success with it.
I (Kevin) have been using it specifically on my IT bands and calves, before and after running. The result - much less pain in the days following a long run. I'm also very happy to report it has had a huge impact on my shin splints.
As they say, "the proof is in the pudding", in this case the pudding is a carefully engineered piece of equipment, designed for the sole purpose of reducing the recovery time for you after exercise.