What is Myofascial Release Therapy?
Myofascial release therapy (MFR) in Toronto, is a pain relief technique that focuses on relieving muscle tightness using the manual massage. The aim is to relieve pain on the membranes that wrap and support your muscles. This therapy addresses a number of pain-related symptom and conditions that patients may be suffering from.
Who is MFR meant for?
MFR therapy is appropriate to a variety of individuals, top on the list being accident victims whose injuries hinder their mobility and effective functionality. If you are experiencing persistent shoulder, back and hip pain should try MRF as an alternative treatment as it is not only effective but also a non-intrusive approach to curing the condition. It is suitable for any person suffering from soft tissue injuries and interference pain.
This therapy is also effective on a variety of conditions including temporomandibular joint disorder, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fibromyalgia. Common symptoms to these conditions that you should look out for include:
- Feeling a lot of pressure on joints and muscles causing pain.
- Tissue tightness restricting motion or pulling the body from its alignment causing victims to overuse one shoulder or hip.
- General body pain with headaches and back pains being the main culprit
What causes Myofascial pain?
The first common source is the skeletal muscle also known as the connective tissues that is bound by the fascia. Pain can also be generated from damaged Myofascial tissue especially at a point where inappropriate muscle fibers contraction has occurred. This restriction inhibits blood flow in the affected structures making the problem worse if your do not seek medical attention in time.
An overview of how the therapy works
Myofascial release therapy is a ‘pin and stretch’ technique that aims at stretching and loosening the fascia to enable it and other structures to move freely hence restoring your movement. This therapy is sometimes known as Myofascial trigger point therapy. Since the practitioner uses massage techniques to achieve this goal, there are no possible side effects to worry about when undergoing the procedure.
Who offers Myofascial release therapy?
Different types of health professionals have the ability to offer this type of therapy. Chiropractors, occupational and physical therapists, sports medicine specialist, massage therapists and osteopathic physicians however commonly offer it. It is important that the physician handling this type of therapy undergo a special kind of extensive training to attain competency.
Using Myofascial release therapy
This therapy follows a pattern similar to that of postoperative rehabilitative physical therapy procedures. It begins with a first appointment dedicated to locating the specific areas in the fascia whose appearance seems restricted. The level of motion loss is then measured and is sometimes known as the measure of the loss of body symmetry. Certain rules on the subsequent sessions should be observed.
- The sessions should not be less than thirty minutes and can go beyond fifty minutes
- Depending on the nature of your disability, the sessions could last from a few weeks to months.
Only trained therapist should handle the sessions.
Therapy should be conducted at least every few days.
The therapy technique varies depending on the affected area. The concept, however, is in applying general pressure is exerted on the area. The progress or improvement in your condition will be assessed by the increase in mobility. It can also be gauged by reduced pain levels in the person.
Additional treatments Myofascial release therapy
Our chiropractors choose to combine this therapy with other treatment options to achieve the pain relief and mobility improvement faster. It is effectively combined with non-surgical procedures aimed at reducing and managing pain by keeping joints and muscles warm and loose to enhance movement. Some of the common combination treatment include:
- Not using prescription pain relievers.
- Heat application on the affected area to soothe constructed muscles or using ice to bring down swellings on affected areas.
- Encouraging self-stretching exercises for flexibility as well as increase motion range through aerobic exercises that increase the blood flowing to the affected areas.
- An adjustment or mobilization
Benefits of Myofascial therapy
This therapy enhances other pain treatment procedures such as acupuncture, physical therapy and manipulation. It is also known to boost muscular alignment and skeletal improvements. Athletes are likely to benefit more from this therapy by achieving the right muscle alignment giving them the right stamina to excel. The fact that this therapy targets specific areas makes it most suited when preparing you for subsequent and more rigorous therapy sessions.