Myofascial release is a form of physical therapy that’s often used to address myofascial pain syndrome. This chronic pain disorder is caused by sensitivity and tightness in the myofascial tissues. These tissues surround and provide support to the muscles throughout your body.
The pain usually starts from particular points within your myofascial tissues—called “trigger points.” The primary goal of myofascial release is reducing pain by easing the tension and tightness in the trigger points.
How Does Myofascial Release Work?
The majority of myofascial release sessions take place during a massage therapy visit. Some chiropractors and traditional medical practitioners may also provide it.
Your chiropractor or therapist will gently massage the myofascia and check to see if it’s stiff or tight. Normal myofascia should be elastic or pliable. The practitioner then will begin massaging and stretching the areas that feel rigid using low-force manual pressure.
The process is repeated several times on the same trigger point and on the other trigger points until the doctor or therapist feels the tension has been completely released.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can benefit most from this therapy?
Those with myofascial pain and headaches often get favorable results with this type of physical therapy.
Is there anything I should do after my session?
Yes, drink more water. By drinking more than your usual water intake, you’ll help flush out toxins that have built up and reduce soreness.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t have myofascial release?
Yes, if you have fragile or weak bones, have deep vein issues or are taking blood-thinning medication you should have the therapy.