What is Myofascial Release and What Can it Do for Me?

What is Myofascial Release and What Can it Do for Me?

Myofascial release is a massage technique and form of osteopathic manipulation that can relieve muscle tension and pain. The therapy releases bundles of tight membranes that surround your muscles and works out these knots of tension and soreness to relieve pain and provide greater mobility.

Myofascial release is serious therapy. Working through knots in your muscles and the surrounding fascia may leave you sore for a day or two afterward, but, when the soreness wears off, you have less stiffness and greater mobility.

Daniel Maenner, DO, DC, at The Doctor’s House recommends myofascial release to address a number of physical complaints, including chronic pain and limitations in your range of motion. Here’s how this therapy may benefit you.

Where is myofascial release effective

This therapy helps relieve tissue tightness that pulls your body out of alignment, which leads to movement imbalances as well as sensations of excess pressure. Myofascial release can effectively reduce pain and stiffness in many areas, including your:

The manual pressure applied during myofascial release therapy loosens up restrictions in movement so you experience a reduction in pain. It can be especially effective in improving motion and flexibility along the entire spine, including the front and back sides as well as the pelvic region. 

Myofascial release therapy also helps with chronic pain disorders, including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, carpal tunnel syndrome, some migraine cases, and even fibromyalgia

Benefits of regular myofascial release therapy

Most people experience an improved range of motion as a result of myofascial release therapy. Soreness from injury or overuse also resolves, as the therapy aids in tissue and cellular recovery. Though the massage technique is intense, it helps your whole body relax and improves circulation, helping you feel less tense and stressed. 

You need regular sessions of myofascial release therapy to experience the optimal benefit. Dr. Maenner recommends a treatment schedule for you to get the most out of your therapy. It takes consistent therapy to work out the tension in your tissue and result in a noticeable change in how you’re feeling.

Other complementary therapies

Myofascial therapy may be your primary treatment, or it may be used in conjunction with other methods of pain relief. Dr. Maenner may recommend heat and ice therapy to calm swollen, inflamed tissue in addition to myofascial release therapy. Joint pain and trigger point injections may also be part of your treatment plan.  

Between your sessions, he may also have you do at-home stretching and other physical therapy exercises to maintain your flexibility and encourage continued improvements in circulation. 

Myofascial release therapy may also play a role in your sports medicine treatments. It can provide improved skeletal and muscular alignment to help you perform better in your sport. 

If you’re ready to get started with myofascial release therapy, contact The Doctor’s House in West New York, New Jersey. We can help you understand more about the therapy and other osteopathic manipulations to optimize your skeletal health and relieve pain and dysfunction. Call today or use the online tool to schedule your consultation.

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