Myofascial Release is designed to address the requirements of short distance, endurance, and high-performance athletes. Fine tuning muscle movements to reduce injury and increase performance. This technique has been expertly designed to help in breaking down scar tissue and fibrotic adhesions which cause pain, stiffness, decreased the range of motion, numbness, and physical dysfunction. These types of Repetitive Strain Injuries are common for athletes and especially endurance
What Is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release is similar to the Active Release Technique (ART) and deep tissue massage techniques because it implements the manipulation of soft tissue, which thereby reduces the stress placed on the joints and nerves.
Relieving tight muscles and trigger points can make a big difference in reducing joint stress and improving your overall quality of life. That’s why you should consider Myofascial Release. It can help turn on muscles that have been turned off due to injury and eliminate muscular pain. Myofascial Release is a type of soft tissue therapy that helps relieve tight muscles and nerve trigger points, significantly reducing joint stress or muscular pains The conditions that Myofascial Release is used to help treat naturally, often without the use of medications, are those that affect fascia (connective tissue), major muscle groups, tendons, and ligaments. Most are the result of overused muscles, which contribute to scar tissue formation, tears, pulls, strains, and inflammation. The goal of active release technique is to restore normal mobility and “glide” between muscular tissue and nerves. It can also help push joint fluid throughout the body and stimulate the lymphatic system, which helps lower inflammation.
Most Common Conditions Relieved Include:
- Lower back pain
- Shin splints
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tension headaches
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Shoulder strains, including frozen shoulder
- Tennis elbow
- Sciatic nerve pain/sciatica
Myofascial Release: How It Works
The core benefit of Myofascial Release is the breaking up, and prevention of dense scar tissue or adhesions. Adhesions limit the normal range of motion of the joints and the muscles because they cause abnormal binding between muscle groups. This binding causes the muscles to be very tight and are inflexible compared to healthy tissue.
The reason that adhesions form is to bind injured tissues to keep them stable. However, the adhesions act like a strong “glue” and can often trap and pinch nerves. Nerves that become entrapped by scar tissue, often cause the trigger points in which the pain develops. The domino effect is that the more scar tissue that forms, the more the joints or tendons become strained and the nerves become compressed.
Myofascial Release Treatments Address Several Components
Myofascial Release treatments address several elements related to scar tissue formation including:
- Acute injuries, including tears or collisions that can happen during exercise or athletic events.
- Micro-trauma, which is the gradual wear-down of tissue that’s often caused by aging and inflammation.
- Hypoxia, which results from tissue not receiving enough nutrients and oxygen.
Signs of Adhesion/Scar Tissue Accumulation Include:
- Stiffness in your neck, elbow, hands, knees or back, sometimes associated with bursitis or tendonitis
- Increased pain or throbbing when exercising
- Reduced flexibility and limited range of motion
- Loss of muscle strength
- Inflamed joints or frequent joint pains
- Signs of nerve damage, such as tingling, numbness and weakness
Who Benefits Most from Myofascial Release Treatments?
Everyone who would like to get back to the activities they desire! Call to Learn More!