What Causes Myofascial Pain?
Myofascial pain is known to arise from two sources. Myofascial pain can be generated from the skeletal muscle or connective tissues that are bound by tight fascia. Fascia, a thin elastic connective tissue, wraps around and supports most structures in the body, such as muscle. Myofascial pain can also generate from damaged myofascial tissue or a ‘trigger point’ of contracted pain in the muscle fibers.
Fascia can become restricted due to a range of issues like trauma, inactivity, overuse or psychogenic disease, which diminishes blood flow. No matter the cause of the pain, the restriction inhibits blood flow to the affected areas which accentuates the contraction process and furthers the pain.
What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial release massage is a specialized soft tissue therapy that treats skeletal muscle immobility and resulting pain. This is considered an alternative medicine therapy that:
Relaxes contracted muscles
Improves blood flow
Improve lymphatic circulation
Stimulates the stretch reflex in muscles
Fascia and its corresponding muscles are the main focus of myofascial release massage techniques. However, other tissue, such as connective tissue, can also be addressed.
Myofascial techniques can be passive, with the patient staying completely relaxed, or active, with the patient providing resistance when necessary. The myofascial release therapist will use their knuckles, elbows or other tools to slowly stretch the fascia by applying pressure. They can also help the patient gently stretch to allow the fascia to unwind.
What Does Myofascial Release Treat?
A myofascial release therapist uses myofascial release massage to treat a range of problems including pain caused by:
These issues cause myofascial restrictions that can produce pressure and pain to sensitive structures that may not show up on standard tests like x-rays, CAT scans, myelograms or electromyography. Myofascial release therapy allows the provider to conduct a one-on-one therapy sessions that offers individualized, hands-on treatment. Depending on the patient’s issue, the myofascial release therapist can use a range of myofascial release massage techniques to enhance strength and improved flexibility, movement and posture.
Do I Need Myofascial Release Therapy?
Many patients will undergo myofascial treatment after they lose flexibility or function after an injury. Those who suffer from chronic pain may also find the therapy helpful. Some specific conditions can be treated by myofascial release massage including:
Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Patient who benefit from myofascial release massage often display symptoms like:
Tightness of tissues which restricts body motion or puts the body out of alignment.
A sense of excessive pressure on joints or muscles that is painful.
Pain in any part of the body, such as back pain or head pain.
When you suffer from pain, such as back pain, myofascial release lower back can be used to help alleviate or completely eliminate it. Myofascial release is effective because it is shown to improve a patient’s range of motion.
Does Active Bodywork Offer Myofascial Release?
Active Bodywork is proud to offer a range of massage therapy services including myofascial release massage. We make sure to tailor each massage therapy to meet the patient’s unique needs. We offer over 20 years of hands-on experience as well as a combined 2,000 plus hours of instruction.
Active Bodywork can offer you the following services to help alleviate your pain:
We specialize in helping those who have suffered injuries to recover. We can help you reverse your injuries that have been caused by a range of issues such as poor posture, repetitive motion, and poor lifting habits. Be sure to reach out to Active Bodywork by calling us at (916) 705-1531 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.