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. This type of soft tissue release allows muscles to glide and slide more easily throughout the body, thus enhances better movement and reduces pain. By applying pressure to very specific muscles, joints, ligaments, you can help increase blood flow, healing, and allow the muscles to elongate.
Often times this type of technique is not painful and may patients report that it is soothing their pain and injury.
When you get injured, there is trauma and an inflammatory response that occurs to the body. This is natural but it can cause muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves to get “Stuck” within the area. This is when patients begin to start feeling discomfort, pain, restrictions, and a lack of quality movement.
Additionally, patients can feel discomfort after surgical or other procedures.
Myofascial restrictions can produce pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, MRI, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.) Essentially, these are no visible and you need your hands to feel them and often times a movement assessment can help.
The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy.
To help this technique last longer and be more effective, we give proper exercises, education, body mechanics, self-treatment instructions, and more to support your injury and condition.
Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams, or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure.
For more information on soft tissue release, therapy, and scar tissue read this article.