What You Need to Know About Myofascial Release Therapy

Posted on Tue, 26 Jan 2016

If you are experiencing back or shoulder pain, you will benefit from Myofascial Release Therapy (MRT). It is one of the best ways to release any pain that develops around areas containing soft tissue. MRT has also been seen to relieve pain from migraine headaches and fibromyalgia. It is also used on patients who experience tightness of tissues that can restrict motion and experience pressures on muscles or joints that produce pain.

What is Myofascial pain?

It is a specific syndrome where certain sensitive locations in muscles called ‘trigger points’ send pain signals to other parts of the body. It is continuous and gets worse over time. It is different from regular muscle soreness and burnout.

What causes Myofascial pain?

The pain can be caused by two reasons. Stiff fascia can tighten the skeletal muscle and connective tissues generating pain. Contraction of muscle is also a cause which can be brought about by physical or psychological stress. Motion and normal blood flow is restricted to the affected areas which makes it more painful.

Myofascial Release Therapy

Myofascial release therapy is a technique which aims to make the fascia flexible by stretching and loosening it. It is a special massage technique where the therapist massages the myofascia looking out for knots and stiffness. This gives the therapist an idea about the magnitude of motion loss or asymmetry of the body.

Treatment for different parts of the body varies. The general procedure is to apply gentle pressure to the affected area. Special attention is given to all trigger points of pain. Myofascial release therapy is a regular treatment where progress is judged by regaining of mobility and decrease felt in pain.

Properly trained chiropractors, massage therapists, physical or occupational therapists, osteopathic physicians can all provide you with this therapy.

Benefits of Myofascial Release Therapy

Apart from treating the Myofascial pain syndrome, the therapy has other benefits too.

·         It treats problems with muscle and tendons, fascia, nerves, tendons and ligaments.

·         People with venous insufficiency suffering from blood pool stretches can treat themselves with this therapy.

·         Patients with fibromyalgia can use this to improve their pain perception by addressing tender points and reducing the pain sensitivity.

·         It improves insomnia and anxiety and the general quality of life.

MRT will help relieve a variety of muscular pains and help individuals to function normally. Contact the[clinic] for more information on how Myofascial Release Therapy can help you.

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