Myofascial Release Therapy Overview
Myofascial Release (MFR) Therapy is a type of safe, low load stretch that releases tightness and pain caused by these restrictions throughout the body.
From all of the treatments that exist today, for the different diseases of the connective tissue, the biggest attention should be given in the sector of the rehabilitation after trauma or serious diseases.
Myofascial therapy relieves soft tissue restrictions that cause pain.
Chronic pain or low back pain can be a result from trauma, such as a car accident or fall, cumulative posture misalignment or mechanical deficits, compression of nerve due to herniated disc, or inflammatory conditions. The fascial system, is the web of connective tissue that spreads throughout the body and surrounds every muscle, bone, nerve blood vessel and organ. When pain is caused by tightness within the fascial system, the diagnosis is more difficult, as fascial restrictions do not show up on MRI scans or x-rays. Yet, those restrictions can play a significant role in pain production and malfunction in the structure of the spine, extremities and organs.
Until today, valuable experience has been gathered in the field of development programs of rehabilitation that are based on the treatments of the connective tissue. The results from the treatments of these patients, exceeded every expectation and now we know that the future in these field it’s much more reliable.
Myofascial therapy focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness.
There are a number of conditions and symptoms that myofascial therapy addresses. Many patients seek treatment after losing flexibility or function following an injury or if experiencing ongoing back, shoulder, neck, hip or virtually pain in any area containing soft tissue. Other conditions treated by myofascial therapy include Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder, carpal tunnel syndrome, or possibly fibromyalgia or migraine headaches.
Myofascial therapy can also enhance or assist other treatments to increase their effectiveness such as acupuncture, manipulation, physical therapy or occupational therapy. Myofascial release therapy can also improve skeletal and muscular alignment prior to a surgery, or help athletes achieve better alignment prior to sports competitions.
The basic sectors of the treatment of the connective tissue are the following:
- Rehabilitation of the patients after trauma and/or serious diseases of the myosceletal system.
- Rehabilitation of patients recovering from serious diseases of the nervous system (brain stroke, Parkinson’s disease and others)
- Rehabilitation of patients that suffer from diseases of the ischium.
Patient symptoms usually include:
- Using non-prescription pain relievers such acetaminophen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories
- Applying heat to soothe constricted muscles or using ice to calm inflamed areas
- Performing self-stretching exercises to maintain flexibility and increase range of motion or aerobic exercise to increase blood flow to the affected areas
By targeting specific areas of the fascial system, myofascial therapy can help prepare patients for more aggressive forms of strengthening, or provide pain relief for patients with restricted flexibility and movement, thus allowing patients to return to normal movement and greater function.