Myofascial Release (MFR) Therapy (also known as Connective Tissue Therapy) is one of the most effective methods to treat chronic pain. Often, this pain is caused by a chronic condition called Myofascial Pain Syndrome.
What is Myofascial Pain Syndrome?
Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic connective tissue that forms a continuous web that wraps around most structures in the human body including internal organs, blood vessels, nerves, and muscle. When under trauma, the myofascial tissue can thicken and become rigid resulting in pain, muscle tension, muscle immobility and corresponding diminished blood flow. This can be caused by physical, mental and emotional stress and anxiety or in hobbies and activities that require continual muscle contraction. Unlike the soreness that comes after a workout, the pain in Myofascial Pain Syndrome is chronic and can even worsen.
What is Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release Therapy are hands-on techniques that elongate, relax and realign your fascia. These techniques help identify and relieve the trigger points causing the pain and immobility.
Benefits of Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release can relieve the pain and increase the range of motion in,
- Muscle and joint pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
- Migraine headaches
- Back pain
- Injuries due to poor shoulder or hip alignment
What to expect during Myofascial Release Therapy?
The therapist begins with long smooth strokes in a large area around the painful area. Once the therapist identifies stiff, tightened areas stronger strokes are used to elongate the muscle and tissues in that area and help identify the trigger points. These aren’t so obvious since a trigger point might not be located exactly where the pain is felt. Pressure is applied to the trigger point and the process is repeated until the tightness disappears.
During a Myfascial Release session, be sure to communicate with your therapist before and during your session to best ensure that your needs are met.
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