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What is Myofascial Release... and Can it Help Me?

What is Myofascial Release… and Can it Help Me?

At MyoCore, we’re dedicated to improving quality of life for every patient we’re referred or that walks through our doors. Our doctors use a combination of proven manual therapies and techniques to relieve pain, improve joint motion and optimize muscle function. One of the most effective treatments we provide in our offices is myofascial release therapy. Our patients have seen amazing results for issues such as back pain, plantar fasciitis, shoulder pain and much more.

 But… what is it? If you’re in pain, how can it help you? Let’s take a look.

Conservative Pain Therapy: Myofascial Release

Myofascial release (MFR) therapy is a hands-on, deep-tissue therapy technique that focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness. The technique targets pain that originates from two sources: skeletal muscle or connective tissues that are “bound” by tight fascia. When this tissue is tight, it puts extra pressure on the muscles and joints. As a result, this can cause pain or dysfunction.

Treating the Adhesions

Myofascial release aims to reduce tension within these adhesions—the dysfunctional part of the fascia that can cause pain. During treatment, myofascial release practitioners apply deep, focused manual pressure on an affected area to relieve tension and tightness. This also helps to soften any scar tissue and encourages nerve function.

The Benefits

Those who’ve lost flexibility, strength or function after an injury, or who are experiencing chronic muscle and joint pain, are excellent candidates for myofascial release therapy. Because of this, it can help treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Low Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Neck Pain/Headaches
  • Extremity Pain or Numbness
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Plantar Fasciitis

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