Self Myofascial Development Behind the Muscletrac
The Story Behind the Development of the Muscletrac
Dr. David Fitzmaurice is a Sports Chiropractor and specializes in biomechanics and neuromuscular therapy. He draws on an extensive professional training and personal experience treating athletes at all levels. He has been the treating physician for Hall of Fame Olympic Athletes as well as professional and Hall of Fame athletes in the NFL, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League. In addition he has treated elite professional and amateur athletes from triathletes, mixed martial arts, golfers, marathoner’s gymnasts, dancers and ultra-marathoners.
He developed the Muscletrac as a tool that the athletes could use 24/7 to help treat themselves. They can quickly navigate the muscle and feel the trigger points and tight muscles and fascia.
His desire has always been to discover the causative factors behind the athletes’ pain or dysfunction, and then engage in treatment directed at a correction to the cause rather than just treating the symptoms. In his clinic he breaks the athlete down into local and global movement patterns to find dysfunction and weaknesses that create compensatory movement patterns and predispose the athlete to pain and a loss of performance. He is well versed in many modalities and manual methods to access and treat the myofascial health of each athlete he treats.
Much of the myofascial pain, dysfunction, poor performance and delayed recovery are a result of myofascial lesions within the muscle tissue itself. These lesions have many labels to include: trigger points, adhesions, non-compliant muscles, tight fascia, inter-fiber cross-links, scar tissue, dense tissue and the like. He noted the presence of these unhealthy muscles which were functionally compensated resulting in tightness, soreness, pain, poor blood supply and oxygenation, poor nutrient delivery, decreased lymphatic drainage and pooling of metabolic waste products, reduced muscle elasticity, reduced force production and range of motion. The end result was an imposed ceiling on muscle performance and recovery and an endless cycle of pain and dysfunction.
He set a goal to produce a device that athletes and sports medicine professionals could use, that would quickly find and effectively treat myofascial pain and dysfunction, as well as to access the general health of the muscles and fascia and thus finding areas more prone to being injured.
Over the years he used and tested countless probes and roller type devices of varying sizes and shapes. He determined that the roller type of devices allowed him to quickly address the entire length of the muscle, but only flattened the muscle and would not penetrate deep enough to effectively stretch and penetrate the muscle tissue and overlying fascia. The probing instruments would allow sufficient penetration of the tissue, but relied on the skill of the individual to actually palpate and find the problem areas to treat. He concluded that both approaches had significant limitations.
He set out on a mission to develop a performance therapy device that combined the attributes of both, with the ability to quickly navigate the entire surface area of the muscle to identify areas of restriction, then to efficiently penetrate the tissue like a probe to treat both superficial and deep tissue.