Myofascial release is a pain relief treatment technique that involves applying steady gentle pressure on myofascial connective tissue restrictions. Myofascial refers to the deep fibrous connective tissue that surrounds muscle tissue.
Physical therapists at Whites Physical Therapy have associated muscle aches and pains with improper self-care, especially in adults.
A majority of adults signing up for physical therapy at Whites Physical Therapy suffer from neck pain, back pain and referred pain. Most of the time, the pain is caused by myofascial trigger points or areas of intense muscle tension and strain. Leaving these trigger points untreated increases the chances of the pain spreading and worsening.
Causes of Myofascial Trigger points
Physical therapists in Wilmington, MA believe myofascial pain is caused by:
- Overuse and injury
This a major cause of myofascial pain and the formation of trigger points. It is a repetitive motion injury relating to activities such as typing on a computer, playing an instrument or sitting in a bad posture while using computers.
The increased personal use of computers and other mobile electronic devices has greatly influenced myofascial pain.
- Sports injuries
Many sports such as golf, tennis, swimming, and more involve repetitive motions. Injury during sporting activities can cause myofascial trigger points. The trigger points are formed when some muscles are compensating for weaknesses in other body parts.
- Referred pain
This is common with myofascial trigger points. It occurs when pain and tension spread out along muscle fibers affecting other body parts.
Any practicing physical therapist in Wilmington, MA will inform you that patients in need of myofascial release need to be treated uniquely as every case is different. We take a hands-on approach in our myofascial release techniques.
We encourage independence by educating our patients on body movements and mechanics, strength enhancement, methods of self-treatment, flexibility improvement and, posture and movement awareness.