Tissue-level ultrasonographic evaluation of hamstring muscle with matrix rhythm therapy (MaRhyThe®)
Authors: Varun Maik, Vanish Parekh, Shivani Patil; Department of CVTS Physiotherapy, KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Belagavi, Karnataka, India
Ideal hamstring muscle length plays a very important role in maintaining posture. Preserving hamstring length or by treating for the tightness of hamstring is crucial to prevent hamstring muscle strain or low back pain.
Matrix rhythm therapy (MRT, MaRhyThe®) is one of the novel approaches which is gaining popularity recently for improving function and flexibility, as well as alleviating pain in various musculoskeletal conditions such as frozen shoulder and plantar fasciitis. However, evidence is lacking where the effect of matrix at tissue level is researched. Therefore, the current study aims to determine the immediate and 24‑h carry‑over effect of MRT on hamstring muscle length, tissue thickness, and regional blood flow using diagnostic ultrasonography that was carried out on an apparently healthy 22‑year‑old female volunteer. MaRhyThe® was applied to bilateral hamstring muscles. The study concludes that MRT is an effective tool in improving the length, blood flow, and tissue thickness of the hamstring muscle. Thus, MRT can be considered as a treatment modality for muscle and fascia tightness.