What is Myofascial therapy & is it the right treatment for me?
This form of massage is necessary for treating long term (years) pain. It releases the tissue that encases & surrounds the muscle – allowing movement & nourishment to reach the restricted tissue. I use a series of stretches – which should not be painful – to encourage the fascia to release. When the fascia has been released I can then use contemporary massage methods to successfully release any further muscle tension. This technique should continue to ‘unwind’ the affected area for up to 72 hours.
Wikipedia states: Myofascial release (or MFR) is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. Self-myofascial release (or SMFR) refers to someone performing this therapy on themself. This alternative medicine therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.
Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body, including muscle. Fascia supports and protects these structures. Osteopathic theory proposes that this soft tissue can become restricted due to psychogenic disease, overuse, trauma, infectious agents, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow. Although fascia and its corresponding muscle are the main targets of myofascial release, other tissue may be addressed as well, including other connective tissue.