Myofascial release is a type of physical therapy often used to treat myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder caused by sensitivity and tightness in your myofascial tissues. These tissues surround and support the muscles throughout your body.
Trauma, injury, inflammation, and/or surgical procedures create myofascial restrictions that can produce extreme pressures on pain sensitive body structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc). The pain usually originates from specific points within your myofascial tissues called “trigger points.”
Myofascial release focuses on reducing pain by easing the tension and tightness in the trigger points. It’s not always easy to understand what trigger point is responsible for the pain. Localizing pain to a specific trigger point is very difficult. For that reason, myofascial release is often used over a broad area of muscle and tissue rather than at single points.
Myofascial release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
How Does It Work?
I begin with gentle massage to feel for stiff or tightened spots in the fascia tissue. I then focus the massage on these tight areas to release the tension and restore the smooth fascia tissue. This helps relieve pain and restore range of motion.
What’s interesting is that sometimes, the tight area I’m working on may not even be near where the pain comes originates or where you feel the pain most. Myofascial release works the broader network of muscles that might be causing your pain. It tries to reduce tension throughout your body by releasing trigger points across a broad section of your muscular system.
While it takes a few treatments to get the full benefit, the effects are both immediate and long lasting. I’ve helped athletes begin to restore their range of motion issues caused by injuries in only 1 treatment. If you feel like you’ve never been as good as you were before that old high school football injury, it could be your myofascial tissue holding you back! Call me to schedule an in-home treatment session and start feeling better now.