PT 360 Physical Therapy's Treatment Approach
Manual Reactivation Technique (MRT)™ was developed at PT 360, a treatment approach that is rooted in neurologically restoring control between various muscles and muscle groups. By restoring damaged key muscle groups, restoration of the natural balance of nerve, muscle and joint interaction results.
During a particular motion such as walking, with each step, key muscles are stimulated, eliciting the recruitment of subsequent muscles, thus establishing the sequential movement pattern - walking. When stimulation of those key muscles is altered or impaired, the reflexive pattern of muscle recruitment is inhibited, resulting in compensatory movement patterns, or altered biomechanics, which can lead to injury. Through the understanding of our body’s stretch reflexes and cooperative nerve and muscle interaction, PT 360 is able to more effectively treat and prevent injuries.
A stretch reflex is triggered when a muscle’s spindle fibers are stretched, activating a sensory neuron. The neuron then activates spinal neurons, which cause the muscle to reflexively contract. There are two types of stretch reflexes. A homonymous stretch reflex occurs when the stretch of a muscle causes that particular muscle to contract. A heteronymous stretch reflex occurs when the stretch of a muscle causes a different muscle to contract. The study of heteronymous stretch reflexes has led to the identification of dozens of reflex patterns.
Biomechanical analysis, strength testing, and other diagnostic measures can unveil impaired mechanics caused by weak muscles, resulting in painful motions. Traditional treatment would attempt to strengthen weaknesses through therapeutic exercises only. However, the muscle identified as weak may test weak secondary to an inhibited stretch reflex pattern, resulting in only partial recruitment of its muscles fibers, producing a weaker muscle contraction.
Our MRT approach restores strength to muscles by identifying and treating the primary impairment – the heteronymous stretch reflex pattern causing the muscle inhibition and weakness. By doing so, the source of the problem is directly addressed, and the secondary weakness, biomechanical impairment, or pain is resolved.
PT 360’s use of the MRT has been overwhelmingly successful. Patients receive exclusive one-on-one treatment with a therapist for their entire hour long treatment session. We teach our patients self-treatment techniques in order to alleviate their own pain and restore their stretch reflexes, allowing them to become independent and in control of their own health.
Pain and stiffness is usually caused by muscles that become tightened from injury or strain. If muscles remain tight, joints may become stiff, movement becomes painful, and muscles progressively weaken.
Whether your pain is new or has been nagging you for a long time, PT 360 Physical Therapy can restore pain-free movement, reduce joint stiffness, and return muscle strength.