If you’ve been in the “House of Pain” for physical therapy lately, you may have noticed a new tool being used along side electro stim and ultrasound by our physical therapists. That funny looking new machine is called RRT Pro. RRT is short for Rapid Release Technology, and it does wonderful things that enhance the healing process.
RRT is used by MLB, NHL, NFL, and NBA teams to keep their players in top conditions for the demands of their sports. After careful consideration and use on a few willing test subjects around the office, we decided to add it to our physical therapy tool kit. After all, if it is good enough for the pros, it’s good enough for our patients.
How it works in physical therapy
Rapid Release vibrates at a frequency that resonates with and breaks up scar tissue, loosens tight muscles, increases blood flow, and addresses muscle spasms using frequency vibration. It also relieves stress and tension in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The frequency also lessens muscle spasms by triggering tonic vibration reflex (TVR), a neurological response. These results allow the body to work on healing itself, without drugs, by rushing oxygen-rich blood to the area and decreasing inflammation.
How it benefits the patient
A five minute RRT session is beneficial to the healing process. In many cases, RRT treatment is less uncomfortable, and preferable to traditional massage. Depending on the case, we may add it to electro stim and ultrasound treatment.
It allows us more flexibility in treatment
Before adding the RRT to our tool kit, we relied on electrostim, ultrasound, manual massage, and prescribed exercises. The RRT adds another option to treat your aches and pains. If the RRT is a good idea for your treatment, we’ll let you know.
The RRT has 5 treatment caps that we can use to direct rapid release treatment into the affected area. The actuator is useful at reaching trigger points, accupoints, and reflexology points. The soft cap can be used to address bony areas like the elbow. The large cap is used to deliver relief to most muscle groups.
The next time you’re in physical therapy, ask if RRT is a good addition to your treatment protocol. We’re happy to let you know more about this tool and hope you’ll let others know about it, too.