What is Myofascial Release?

September 15, 2017

 

What is Myofascial Release and how does it work? Myofascial release is a type of physical therapy often used to treat myofascial pain syndrome. This pain is a chronic pain disorder caused by sensitivity and tightness in your myofascial tissues. All of these tissues surround and support the muscles throughout your body. This technique focuses on reducing pain by easing tension and tightness in the trigger points.

 

Many patients look for myofascial treatment after losing flexibility or function following an injury. These causes of pain are generated by two sources. This could be from myofascial tissue itself or skeletal muscle or connective tissues that are bound by tight fascia. Myofascial release works the broader network of muscles that might be causing pain.There main goal is reducing tension throughout your body by releasing these trigger points.

 

Now you may ask, how does myofascial release work? They usually take place during a massage therapy session. Your therapist will gently massage the myofascial and feel for stiffness or tight areas. The therapist will then start massaging and stretching the areas that feel rigid with light pressure.

 

Here are five benefits of Myofascial Release:

  • Increases Blood flow. This release can increase vascular function.

  • Improve muscular range of motion.

  • Reduce muscle soreness

  • Maintains normal functional muscular length

  • Encourages movement of your lymph.

 

Just be careful because a massage isn't ideal for everyone:

  • With burns, injuries, or painful wounds

  • With fractures or broken bones

  • With fragile or weak bones

  • With deep vein thrombosis or deep vein issues

  • Taking blood-thinning medications

 

All of this together means you will move better, recover faster, perform better and have a lot less pain. Contact United Rehab PT in Ronkonkoma, today, so you can start a new lifestyle that better suits your wants and needs! Get rid of that chronic pain that’s been bothering you all these years!

 

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