Myofascial Release Technique

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What is Myofascial Release Technique?

Are you all knotted up? Is your neck, shoulder, or back screaming for relief? Does your body always feel tight? If so, Myofascial release technique might be the answer.

You see, the human body can perform incredible feats like surfing an 18 foot wave.or jumping 45 inches in the air. Now you might applaud muscles for these feats but you should credit fascia too.

Myo means muscle and fascia is this connective tissue that looks like a spider web like matrix that holds everything together. It connects individual muscles together, entire muscle complexes together. It’s connected from head to toe and connects the whole body together.

For example, say someone has chronic neck pain. A practitioner will not just work on the neck but they will look at the whole body. Because the majority of fascia orients vertically so it can drag and put tension on far away areas. So the pain in the neck could actually be caused by fascia restrictions in the lower back because fascia orients vertically, it can pull on the neck muscles.

The things that can cause restrictions and tightness in fascia are:

  • Car accidents
  • Whiplash
  • Surgery
  • Posture
  • Injuries

The Ultimate Guide to Myofascial Release Technique

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The Ultimate Guide To Myofascial Release

How Does Myofascial Release Therapy Work?

The practitioner will first palpate to find where all the stiff and tight areas are. Then work on releasing this tightness by gently massaging the area.

They will massage and stretch the areas with light pressure. They will do this multiple times until the therapist feels the tension is fully released. Many times they will spend 3-5 minutes holding pressure in one area until they feel it release.

Now the therapist may work on areas that are not near where the pain is coming from because that pain could be caused by tightness in another area of your body. So the therapist will try to release tension in specific spots throughout your body that could be causing the condition.

Friction massage courtesy of Equilibrium (Read the caption)

What Are The Benefits of Myofascial Release?

There are many benefits of myofascial release like reducing headaches.

By gential massaging on tight areas in and around the neck can reduce headaches.

More benefits:

  • Improves range of motion
  • Accelerates healing and reduce soreness
  • Relax the body
  • Improve circulation which helps speed up recovery
  • Release tension, knots, and stress

And Carol Davis, D.P.T a professor at the University of Miami Department of Physical Therapy said this about myofascial technique…

“The effects of sustaining pressure for three to five minutes or more are being researched by Paul Standley and associates at the University of Arizona in Phoenix, with regard to the release of healing messenger cells—cytokines—by way of the release of interleukins after a certain time frame. After three minutes there is an increased release of interleukin 8 (anti-inflammatory), interleukin 3 (white blood cell formation) and interleukin 1b (nitric oxide, vasodilation) which all impact tissue recovery and healing.”

However you should not do this technique if you have:

  • Underlying tumor
  • Open cuts/wounds
  • Fragile or broken bones. Even fractures.
  • Deep vein issues or vein thrombosis.
  • Taking blood thinners

Benefits of massage courtesy of The Chiropractic Office & Health Associates (Read the caption)

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Does Myofascial Release Hurt?

Myofascial release is most of the time not a gentle massage. It can be an intense experience. During the session the practitioner will massage, knead, and gently stretch the muscles and fascia to work out the knots.

The therapist will apply pressure to the knots or areas where it hurts to get them to relax. The pressure can be applied with hands or elbows to get very deep into the tissue.

Afterwards, you might feel temporary soreness. but a lot looser than you did before the treatment.

How Long Does It Take To See Results From Myofascial Release?

For acute conditions they can resolve in a few treatments. For others it can take 4-12 weeks of treatment going 1-3 times per week depending on how severe the condition is.

Should You Ice After Myofascial Release?

Yes you can. In fact, it’s a good idea because some swelling may occur which is your body’s natural healing mechanism. 

You can apply ice over the injured area for 15 -20 minutes every 3 hours.  It’s good to do this during the first 24 hours after myofascial treatment.

An easy way to make an ice pack is by filling a plastic bag and wrapping it with a thin towel. After 48 hours apply heat for 15-20 minutes several times a day. Also can alternative ice and heat.

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What Should I Wear During Treatment?

This is a hands on modality that requires contact with your skin.

For Women It’s recommended to wear a two piece swimsuit or sport bra and loose fitting shorts.

Men should wear loose fitting shorts or workout shorts.

Misconceptions about massage therapy courtesy of INNOVA Integrated Wellness Centre

Conditions Treated With Myofascial Release

Even other pain issues that have not responded well to treatment.

It can be performed on the forearm and there are myofascial release pelvic floor techniques also.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does your body feel sore or tight? Do you have chronic pain in your shoulders, back, and even your head. Then myofascial release might be the answer.

Yes! It’s covered by most insurances

Most people feel looser after the first treatment. For acute conditions they can be resolved in as little as 2-3 treatments. For more chronic conditions it can take 4-16 weeks.

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Myofascial Release Technique is one of several possible methods for relieving pain that do not rely on prescription medications and all the side effects and baggage they come with. Not to mention that most drugs can only mask pain, but rarely address root causes. Find a clinic if you are suffering from muscle tightness, soreness, or pain to improve your quality of life, today.