What is Myofascial Release Therapy?

Chiropractic care focuses on making an individual healthy by working on the body as a whole. One area that chiropractic and massage care can focus on is the fascia. The fascia is dense, connective tissue throughout the body that encases various internal organs and muscles. What is unique about the fascia is that it is not a collection a systems throughout the body, but rather one connected structure. One can see how damage in one area of the body’s fascia can affect other areas. There is where myofascial release therapy can truly provide benefits.

Myofascial release therapy is a hands-on approach that applies continuous pressure to the myofascial connective tissue in areas of concern. By applying this type of gentle pressure, the goal is to reduce or eliminate pain and discomfort. The reason this technique works so well is because it involves the elements of time and pressure, which allows your fascia to slowly release and elongate. This restores movement and removes the pain due to increased flexibility within the connective tissue.

You might be asking what can cause myofascial pain and the answer is there are two main sources. Since the fascia links to muscle and bone, pain can generate from the connective tissue itself or the muscle system. This is because the fascia could be so tight due to trauma that it restricts the movement of your muscles within a particular area. By getting myofascial release therapy, you are restoring the flexibility of the fascia and increasing blood flow, which can help aid in the repair of the damaged area.

Treat your Body with Myofascial Release

Another unique aspect of this type of therapy is that it can be adjusted to each individual no matter what the area of concern is. Typical appointments involve a chiropractor or a licensed massage therapist who is trained in this technique. Appointments last for a minimum of thirty minutes, but an hour is optimal. We recommend that this treatment be conducted regularly while your body heals due to the increased benefits it provides.

The overall benefits are hard to deny. Individuals see a correction in muscle imbalance and improved range of motion in the affected areas. Additionally, myofascial therapy relieves pain, discomfort, and muscle tightness, while increasing blood flow. Make your appointment today with Longview Family Chiropractic Care. Our specialists can work with you to determine if myofascial release therapy is what your body needs.