Many people experience myofascial pain, and it shows up in different ways: for instance, you may experience some stiffness after an injury, or some knots may show up in your muscles, these knots are usually painful and may restrict your movements. You may also feel some pain in your shoulder, legs, back, or hips.
Perhaps you’ve tried a couple of treatments without any success. Well, you don’t have to worry. With myofascial release therapy, you could be on your way to wellness.
What is myofascial release?
A myofascial release is a form of physical therapy used in the treatment of myofascial pain. When you have myofascial pain, you’ll feel some tightness and high sensitivity in your myofascial tissues. Your myofascial tissues support the muscles in your body. The pain starts from so-called trigger points.
The goal of myofascial release is to ease the tightness and tension in these trigger points. It is always somewhat difficult to understand the exact trigger points that cause the pain. Tracing the pain to a specific trigger point is difficult. This explains why the myofascial release is often applied over a large muscle/tissue area instead of single points.
What are the symptoms of myofascial pain?
People who have myofascial pain may experience any of the following symptoms:
• Chronic and persistent pain
• Aching pain that may feel like it is originating from the muscle
• Muscle knots – usually sensitive to touch
• Difficulty sleeping due to discomfort and pain in the muscles
How does myofascial release therapy work?
Myofascial release is done during a physical therapy session. Physical therapists at Whites Physical Therapy in Wilmington, MA will massage your myofascial gently while feeling around for tightened or stiff areas. Normally, the myofascial has an elastic and pliable feel. A physical therapist at Wilmington, MA will massage and stretch the rigid areas. He/she will then aid the supportive sheath and tissue in releasing tightness and pressure. This process is done over and over again on this and other trigger points until all the tension is released.
What conditions can be treated by myofascial release?
Myofascial release helps to treat several conditions, easing pain and enhancing myofascial function. Some conditions that can be treated with myofascial release include:
• TMJ dysfunction
• Chronic upper and lower back pain
• Headaches & migraines
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Post-polio syndrome
• Thoracic outlet syndrome
• Cervical or menstrual pain
• Vertigo or dizziness
• Post-surgical rehabilitation
• Urinary incontinence
• Loss of flexibility and/or poor posture
• Acute strains and sprains
Myofascial release may be risky for people dealing with:
• Blood thinner
• Deep vein thrombosis
• Weak or fragile bones
• Open wounds
• Broken or fractured bones
If you are interested in a myofascial release treatment, then do not hesitate to speak with your physical therapist or doctor. You can also get physical therapy services at Whites Physical Therapy in Wilmington, MA,
At Whites Physical Therapy in Wilmington, MA, our goal is to provide unique, cost-effective, and progressive rehabilitation services via personalized care. With this, you can recover faster, and return to your normal life in no time.