Myofascial Release Technique: What is It Good for and How Does It Work?

Myofascial Release Technique: What is It Good for and How Does It Work?

If you’ve ever wondered whether myofascial release technique might work for you then read on to find out what it’s good for and how it works.

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Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy technique for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. Your myofascial system is the network of connective tissues that supports and stabilizes your musculoskeletal system. This system can be damaged by trauma, repetitive motions, or poor posture habits. Myofascial release uses gentle, sustained pressure to release restrictions in the myofascial system. This technique can help to improve range of motion, reduce pain, and improve function. It’s an effective treatment for many conditions, including lower back pain, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, and TMJ disorders.

Soft Tissue Release benefits courtesy of Vitality Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre. (Read the caption)

How is myofascial release performed?

Myofascial release therapy is a type of massage therapy that is used to release tension in the muscles and connective tissues. The therapist will use their hands, elbows, or forearms to apply pressure to the affected area. The pressure is applied in a slow and steady manner, and the therapist will often hold the pressure for several minutes at a time. This helps to stretch and lengthen the muscles and tissues, which can reduce pain and improve range of motion. Myofascial release is often used in combination with other therapies, such as exercise to provide a comprehensive approach to treatment.

After, you may feel a sense of release or relaxation. Some people also report feeling taller and lighter on their feet, as the restrictions in their fascia are released. However, it is important to note that myofascial release is not a massage, and you should not expect to feel the same level of muscle relaxation as you would from a traditional massage. Instead, myofascial release focuses on releasing the restrictions in your fascia and muscles, which can lead to improved movement and function.

Additionally it is normal to feel a change in your body after your treatment. You may feel more relaxed, have increased range of motion, and less pain. However, you may also experience what is called a “healing crisis.” This is when your symptoms temporarily worsen as your body adjusts to the release. The healing crisis usually lasts for 24-48 hours and then resolves on its own. If you are concerned about your symptoms, please consult with your practitioner.

Benefits of massage therapy courtesy of Rebound Sport and Spine. (Read the caption)

How often should you get myofascial release technique done?

While there is no definitive answer as to how often fascia release should be performed, it is generally recommended that people receive one to two sessions per week for four to six weeks. After this initial period, the frequency can be reduced to once per month or as needed. Fascia release is a relatively safe and effective treatment option for many people, but it is always best to consult with a healthcare provider before beginning any new therapy.

Massage therapy tip courtesy of Urban Massage and Wellness. (Read the caption)

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This appointment is your opportunity to tell us what hurts and discover whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care is a good fit for you! During this session, you will talk with a physiotherapist or chiropractor on a phone call (or online) and create the right care plan specifically for your pain. There is no obligation on this session is to find out whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care can help you getting back to doing the things you love in life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most people report feeling better after just one or two sessions. However, for some people with chronic pain, it may take several sessions before they see any improvement.

There are a variety of techniques that can be used to address myofascial pain, and trigger point therapy is just one of them. While trigger point therapy specifically targets areas of muscle tension, myofascial release is a more general approach that focuses on the connective tissue that surrounds the muscles. Myofascial release technique involves applying gentle pressure and stretch to the fascia, which can help to reduce pain and improve range of motion. In some cases, myofascial release is combined with other modalities such as massage or chiropractic adjustments. However, it can also be used as a stand-alone treatment. If you are considering myofascial release for your chronic pain, be sure to consult a registered massage therapist. You can find one near you by using the search box on this page.

Here are three signs that your fascia may be tight:

  1. You have difficulty moving your muscles through their full range of motion.
  2. Your muscles feel “knotty” or especially tender to the touch.
  3. You experience pain when pressure is applied to specific points in your muscle tissue.

If you’re experiencing any of these signs, myofascial release may be able to help.

About Taylor Sipos

Taylor is a physiotherapist at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic located in Toronto, Ontario. He treats patients with various musculoskeletal conditions using patient education, exercise therapy, manual therapy and acupuncture. His treatment philosophy involves giving his patient’s the means to self-manage their injuries. He does this through reassurance, education and health promotion. Taylor uses the same principles as a patient educator at Pain Hero. He aims to provide you with high-quality, easy to understand information to teach you about your condition and how to improve it.

Medical Disclaimer:

The information presented in this blog post is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice, treatment or a diagnosis, consult with a medical professional such as one suggested on this website. The Clinic Accelerator Inc. and the author of this page are not liable for the associated risks of using or acting upon the information contained in this article.

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