Myofascial Release Q & A
What is myofascial release?
Myofascial release, or soft-tissue mobilization, is a hands-on type of physical therapy that involves applying gentle, targeted pressure to the myofascial tissues. Performed properly, myofascial release effectively reduces pain and improves range of motion at the injury site.
This safe type of therapy eases tension and relieves pain from tight trigger points, which helps promote healing and prevents future injury.
Which types of pain can myofascial release treat?
Myofascial release is used to treat and manage a broad range of conditions, including:
- Back pain
- Birth injuries
- Bulging disc
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cerebral palsy
- Cervical and lumbar injuries
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Chronic pain
- Degenerative disc disease
- Emotional trauma
- Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
- Herniated disc
- Headaches or migraine pain
- Menstrual problems
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Neck pain
- Pelvic pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Pudendal nerve entrapment
- Scars (hypertrophic, hypersensitive, painful, burn scars, mastectomy scars)
- Shin splints
- Tennis elbow
- Tinnitus (ringing of the ears)
- TMJ syndrome
- Trigeminal neuralgia
Regular myofascial release sessions offer a number of benefits, such as:
- Improved blood flow
- Released histamine through stimulation of mast cells
- Collagen synthesis
- Increased elasticity of soft tissue structures
Not only does myofascial release relieve pain, but it also helps improve range of motion and shortens injury recovery time.
How does myofascial release work?
Myofascial release is similar to a massage and begins with Dr. Vickers gently working through stiff or tight areas. Using light manual pressure, he massages any myofascial areas that feel rigid or tough. Healthy myofascia should always feel elastic and easily pliable, so Dr. Vickers may try to stretch it to release any tightness.
Dr. Vickers repeats this process on your myofascial trigger points multiple times to release pressure and tight knots.
Myofascial release is always performed without oils, lotions, or equipment, allowing your practitioner to better detect myofascial tightness and inflexibility. This helps Dr. Vickers apply the appropriate amount of pressure to alleviate your pain.
When combined with a rehabilitation program, myofascial release can effectively reduce tension, relieve pain, improve mobility, and promote flexibility. To learn more about this hands-on physical therapy treatment, call Allied Healthcare, LLC, or schedule an appointment online today.