Massage Therapy and Myofascial Release
There are many forms of massage therapy, and thus there are many specific benefits that can be derived from these different techniques. One of these types of massage therapy is that of Myofascial Release. This involves applying gentle pressure to myofascial connective tissues, which are thin tissues that support and protect most structures in the human body, including the muscles. Using myofascial release can help to treat skeletal muscle immobility and pain caused by inflammation in the fascia.
What Does Myofascial Release Treat?
Myofascial release can treat a variety of symptoms of conditions. Like other forms of therapy, it can help relieve muscle pain and stiffness, but it has more wide-ranging benefits than just simple pain relief. The procedure can also help to restore flexibility or function to areas that have lost it after injury. Common areas that have benefited from myofascial release are the back, shoulders, and hips. Certain conditions can be relieved by myofascial release as well. These include carpal tunnel syndrome, TMI disorder, and even symptoms of fibromyalgia or migraines.
How Does It Work?
Myofascial Release therapy is similar to trigger point therapy in that it seeks to locate a source of tightness or injury that may be causing pain and discomfort in other parts of the body. The therapist will pinpoint this location and focus on applying gentle pressure over an extended period of time. This allows the protective tissue to elongate and begin to loosen up, providing relief not only in the immediate area but also in the surrounding areas that have been affected by it. If myofascial regions are stiff, the therapist will work to make them more elastic, thus relieving pain and allowing the patient to move their muscles and joints more freely.
When to Consider Myofascial Release
As always, the best way to know what type of massage is best for you is to consult with your therapist. Still, there are many reasons to try myofascial release. If you are suffering from the symptoms of fibromyalgia or carpal tunnel, many people have reported finding relief from the procedure of myofascial release. General muscle soreness can be helped by this as well, as your myofascial tissues may be short or tight, pulling on all the areas around them and causing chronic pain that limits your mobility and flexibility. If you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines, your therapist may be able to minimize them by releasing the pressure in your fascial tissues as well.
Custom Bodies Fitness and Massage can provide you with consultation and service if you are considering myofascial release. Call or email today and we’ll let you know how you can benefit from this amazing procedure!