Advanced Myofascial Release Massage …
and it’s benefits for chronic pain!
What Is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial release is a type of physical therapy often used to treat myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder caused by sensitivity and tightness in your myofascial tissues. These tissues surround and support the muscles throughout your body. The pain usually originates from specific points within your myofascial tissues called “trigger points.”
Myofascial release focuses on reducing pain by easing the tension and tightness in the trigger points. It’s not always easy to understand what trigger point is responsible for the pain. Localizing pain to a specific trigger point is very difficult. For that reason, myofascial release is often used over a broad area of muscle and tissue rather than at single points.
How Does Myofascial Release Work?
Your therapist will gently massage the myofascia and feel for stiff or tightened areas. Normal myofascia should feel pliable and elastic. The therapist will begin massaging and stretching the areas that feel rigid with light manual pressure. The therapist then aids the tissue and supportive sheath in releasing pressure and tightness. The process is repeated multiple times on the same trigger point and on other trigger points until the therapist feels the tension is fully released.
The muscles of the body are very familiar to a massage therapist. Usually, with the first touch of a restriction, the therapist knows when and where specific techniques of massage will work.
Therapists often instantly notice misalignment, postures, imbalances in the pelvic area, scoliosis, kyphosis, and many other abnormalities associated with muscles.
A therapist will often ask you to perform certain movements, noticing what limitations or range of motion movements are are easy or hard.
They may work to relax and loosen muscle tension first, before concentrating on where real problematic areas of muscles.
So then, what was not relaxed from the relaxation massage, would obviously need advanced types of massage therapy.
Myofascial Release Therapy, like many alternative therapies, promotes the philosophy that the mind and body work together to maintain health. Effectively this supports the understanding that the mind and body are one and the same. The body has the ability to remember postural positions, actions and emotions without the brain reminding it to do so. Throughout the body’s fascial system flow microscopic cells containing energy which have the ability to retain memory.