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MIRT: Muscle Injury Release Technique

Corey Dillon with Dr. Paul and Dr. Patrick

“For 7 years, my pulled hamstring made me miserable. Thanks to MIRT, I am pain-free.”Corey Dillon, Cincinnati Bengals

A revolutionary approach to treating muscle injuries has emerged. The name: MIRT: Muscle Injury Release Technique. The goal: to strip away old scar tissue, relieve pain, and facilitate healing.

Developed and trademarked by Drs. Paul and Patrick Baker of Baker Family Chiropractic and Sports Injury in Cincinnati, Ohio, this technique has earned itself a positive reputation in the sports injury rehab arena. MIRT, a proven successful alternative to surgery, eliminates old scar tissue formed between muscle fibers (also called fibrotic adhesions). Not only does scar tissue have ten to a hundred times more pain fibers than healthy tissue, it inhibits the injured muscle from healing properly. Releasing scar tissue through MIRT is crucial to regaining the body’s maximum potential. (continued)

Increasing Flexibility and Joint Mobility – Reducing Pain

MIRT, a fairly new procedure, has shown over a 90% success rate in treating thousands of muscle injuries in the past few years. MIRT involves no surgical procedures, no artificial equipment, and no medication of any sort. It is purely a technique of skill that involves the doctor’s hands or elbows, working in an intense, rhythmic, and aggressive motion to strip away old scar tissue and generate long term pain relief. “It is similar to massage therapy, only a hundred times more intense,” says Dr. Patrick Baker.

MIRT can be uncomfortable at first, but most patients feel immediate and substantial pain relief after the very first treatment. Subsequent treatments are less uncomfortable, and after two to three MIRT sessions, patients experience a strong difference in flexibility, joint mobility, and pain relief. Prior to MIRT, the way to eliminate old scar tissue was by means of surgery. Because of this breakthrough chiropractic technique, patients can heal more efficiently, less expensively, and in much less time.

From Professional Athletes to Weekend Warriors

Muscle Injury Release Technique being used on a patient.

Dr. Baker treats a patient using Muscle Injury Release Technique

Drs. Paul and Patrick Baker, former competitive athletes and current bodybuilders, have treated many professional athletes.

In 2001, Cincinnati Bengals’ two-time pro bowl running back, Corey Dillon, entered the clinic of Baker Family Chiropractic & Sports Injury. Dillon complained of chronic pain in his right hamstring, resulting from an injury suffered seven years prior. Since the injury, Dillon underwent traditional massage therapy, physical therapy, electrical stimulation, injections, and the use of pain relievers-none of which brought him the relief he sought. Concerned about his long-term well-being as an athlete, Dillon finally turned to chiropractic. Dr. Paul Baker palpated (examined) Dillon’s hamstring and discovered a tennis-ball-sized muscle “knot,” actually built-up scar tissue. Dr. Baker began to manually implement MIRT for an intense fifteen minutes, and afterward, the knot began to disappear. Dillon, stunned by the results of MIRT, started a trend among professional athletes, and soon after, many players began benefiting from MIRT sessions at Baker Family Chiropractic.

Many patients of Baker Family Chiropractic include NFL players from the Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. Drs. Baker have shown that MIRT is not just for professional athletes. Indeed, MIRT has worked miracles on elementary school soccer players, high school and collegiate athletes, and even the “weekend warriors.”

Muscle Injury Release Technique

Muscle Injury Release Technique is effective for all major muscle groups

Whether the injury is a hurt shoulder, strained pectoral muscle, lower back muscle spasm, or any other muscle injury, MIRT strips away the built-up scar tissue so that the muscle can finally heal correctly. When an injury occurs, or when a muscle tightens up through a repetitive motion, like throwing, running, or weightlifting, the body automatically attempts to “self-heal” by sending extra blood to the area, thereby producing swelling. Swelling cuts off the oxygen supply to the muscles and connective tissue-producing a condition called Hypoxia. Hypoxia causes scar tissue to form between muscle tissue and connective tissue (fascia), inhibiting the muscles from sliding back and forth properly. As a result, flexibility of the muscle and joint are severely limited. Oftentimes, patients know they are in pain, but do not realize they have built-up scar tissue that can be relieved through MIRT. How can a person tell if he or she has scar tissue? The most common way is to move the area of concern. Signs of scar tissue include: (1) trouble moving the area through the different motions; (2) the area does not have the strength it once did; or (3) the area fatigues very easily.

Bengals’ player Corey Dillon, an appreciative advocate of MIRT, only regrets that he did not start the proper healing sooner. “I suffered seven years of pain and reduced potential, something I never have to go through again, thanks to MIRT,” Dillon says. “The technique is one of pure brilliance. It is the only thing that has worked for me. If anyone is suffering from an old or new injury, he or she should definitely try MIRT.” -Dr. Casey Miller, Drs. Speaker Bureau, April, 2003

Contact Drs. Paul and Patrick Baker to experience MIRT.