Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial release (or MFR) helps decrease skeletal muscle issues like pain and immobility. It can also help with lymphatic and blood circulation. If you’re dealing with muscle pain and tightness, or circulation issues, this could be the treatment for you. We’d be glad to consult with you on it.
Who can benefit from Myofascial Therapy?
This type of treatment is good for a large range of symptoms, including chronic back and neck pain, tendonitis; carpal tunnel; back, neck and hip pain; and tension headaches. And that’s by no means a definitive list! This treatment may be suitable for you for practically any type of muscle, joint, or lymphatic issue.
What does Myofascial Therapy do?
To answer this, we first have to know what the fascia are. It’s actually a connective tissue that covers most of the inner parts of the body, including your muscles. It’s thin and elastic, but also extremely tough. It’s a fibrous material, much like ligaments and tendons.
One of the contributions of osteopathic medicine is to recognize that the fascia can become restricted by trauma, overuse, inactivity, infection or disease. When the fascia is restricted, it also becomes restrictive to the muscle it surrounds. That means you can suffer muscle tension, diminished blood flow, and pain.
What happens in treatment?
Myofascial release therapy consists of your therapist manipulating “trigger points” to relax the fascia. It helps relieve and mobilize your soft tissue. Depending on your situation and areas of discomfort, it could be passive – meaning you do nothing and we do all the work; or active, where you’re asked to provide resistance by using the affected muscles. No hard work, though – that just means pushing or pull against the resistance of your therapist!
Where did it come from?
Myofascial release has its origins in osteopathic medicine, which arose through the work of Andrew Taylor Still in the late 19th century. The exact phrases talking about “myofascial trigger points” and “myofascial release” began appearing from the 1940s on. Some of the leading figures include Janet G. Travell, Robert Ward, and Ida Rolf.