Myofascial therapy is a technique that is theorized to be one of the best methods to alleviate pain and soreness in soft tissue throughout the body. The best candidates for this type of therapy are typically people with “triggered” muscles which are experiencing limited flexibility, mobility, and overall function.
To understand how Myofascial Therapy works is to understand the function of the fascia. The fascia is a connective tissue that stretches over every structure in the body. It does not show up on any major test- like an MRI or CAT scan- making it an invisible source of potential pain. Once there has been trauma inflicted to the fascia, it causes restrictions. These restrictions often influence immobility or a buildup of tissue in one area. Since the fascia covers the entire body, if one part is restricted, the other parts slow down and become harder and more rigid. For instance, if you hurt a muscle in your shoulder, your back could act up a month later if no proper stretching or care to release the myofascial tissue was originally issued.
Myofascial Therapy works primarily through massage in which a therapist stimulates the constricted fascia affected by the buildup of myofascial tissue. The therapist is specially trained to locate these triggered areas by feeling out where the muscle feels tight or immovable. Although these areas might not be causing the pain directly, they are still considered to be contributors to widespread muscle pain.
Myofascial Therapy starts with a consultation with a physical therapist. At United Rehab Physical Therapy, we understand that every patient is different and realize the importance of a proper assessment to provide the best care possible. Give us a call today to set up an appointment for one of our four locations across Long Island. You can even set up a free consultation on our website.