How it works
Myofascial Release is a deep tissue massage treatment performed in the main, by Remedial Massage Therapists and Myotherapists.
These practitioners assess and physically treat myofascial pain, injury, and dysfunction affecting movement and mobility.
Pain or symptoms caused by muscle (myo) or fascia is described as myofascial.
Myofascial pain is usually not specific and is often described by the patient as a ‘deep ache’, ‘tightness’ or ‘tenderness’ in an area. It can vary in intensity and radiate to other areas.
Dr. Andrew Arnold says, ‘Other symptoms can include a reduced range of motion of muscles and joints, stiffness, fatigue, weakness, numbness or a tingling sensation.’
There are many other symptoms depending on the condition and patients can have one or many symptoms.
The technique itself can be quite uncomfortable. Essentially the practitioner uses broad contacts, such as an elbow or forearm and minimal cream or oil. This creates friction between the superficial layers of tissues and deeper layers also known as fascia.
Oftentimes, adhesions develop between these two layers due to injury or trauma.
The practitioner is able to break up these adhesions and help the muscles regain their normal functioning.
It is imperative you consult a trained therapist as there are contra-indications and possibly healing reactions.
With that being said, however, this technique remains the cornerstone of Myotherapy and Remedial Massage therapies.
About the Author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold is a Chiropractor and owner of Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Ctr.