What Is Myofascial Release Treatment
So What Is So Special About Myofascial Release Treatment? IT WORKS! Is it 100% NO, Is it guaranteed to cure your ills NO, Is it for everyone NO. But, is it for YOU? Is that back, neck, knee or some other surgery guaranteed to cure you? I don’t think so and no professional surgeon will say that it will. Too me surgery should be the last option after Iv’e tried all available natural treatments.
Let me explain the term for you; Myo means muscle and fascia is a strong connective tissue. Fascia spreads like a web throughout the whole body, three dimensionally and without interruption very much like the threads in a fabric. It is an interwoven fibrous net that surrounds every structure in the body including muscles, bones, organs, nerves and blood vessels.
When we are still, the fascia cells (called “fibroblasts”) go about their microscopic business of laying down collagen fiber, which behaves like glue. When we move around, this fiber gets broken up, which not only helps us to maintain healthy movement patterns but also keeps the fluid in our body flowing freely.
So What Is The Myofascial Release Treatment Therapy and How May It Help Me?
Pain usually originates from specific points within your myofascial tissues called “trigger points.” Trigger points are discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle. They produce pain locally and in a referred pattern and often accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Acute trauma or repetitive microtrauma may lead to the development of stress on muscle fibers and the formation of trigger points. Trigger points may also manifest as tension headache, tinnitus, temporomandibular joint pain, decreased range of motion in the legs, and low back pain. Palpation of a hypersensitive bundle or nodule of muscle fiber of harder than normal consistency is the physical finding typically associated with a trigger point.
Myofascial release treatment 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.
Here at Wholistic Physical Therapy our myofascial release treatments take place in a atmosphere similar to what you may have experienced or find at a massage therapy session.
Your therapist will apply gentle sustained pressure into areas of tightness, restriction, or pain and wait for your body to release them. Slight pressure, never forceful, will be applied to gently reach the barrier of the tissue restriction. This applying of pressure may last 5 minutes or longer in the same area to allow time for actual release and to ensure that the tissue has actually released and not given false positive. In addition this time allows for the bodies natural healing process to begin.
It is critical to note that structural myofascial release can ONLY be performed on dry skin. Using oils or creams means the therapist is sliding on your skin and therefore unable to maintain pressure that release and melt restrictions.
What Symptoms Might Myofascial Release Treatment Therapy Help With?
- Headaches/Migraine or Tension
- Abdominal Scarring
- Carpal Tunnel
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder/TMJ
- Poor Posture
- Women’s Issues
- Hiatal Hernia
- Spinal Stenosis
- Hip/Pelvic/Knee Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis