Benefits of Myofascial Release
In addition to muscles, tendons, and ligaments, your body contains a type of connective tissue known as fascia. The fascia covers these other tissues and weaves their way through them like a membranous web. This arrangement means that when fascia develops problems, the underlying tissues often suffer the effects.
Myofascial pain syndrome may stem from issues such as poor posture or incorrect spinal alignment errors that place your tissue under constant, unnatural stress. The fascia may tighten up, limiting muscle motion painfully. Your tissues may also develop painful knots called trigger points. These knots of tight tissue can pinch nerves, sending referred pain to remote areas such as the extremities.
Myofascial release offers a drug-free, non-invasive technique for relaxing these areas of tightness. In this form of massage, your practitioner feels for knots or hard spots that need breaking up. Targeted manipulation of these areas can force the tissue to unclench, freeing your body to work as it should and easing referred pain symptoms.
Combining Physical Therapy With Myofascial Release
Physical therapy and myofascial release work hand in hand to provide lasting relief. Pete Steele makes adjustments and corrects any alignment problems that make you more vulnerable to myofascial tightness and pain. Between physical therapy sessions, ongoing myofascial release sessions can keep your tissues from tightening up again.
This incremental approach not only helps you maintain optimal comfort and mobility; it also helps to preserve the corrections made by Steele, allowing you to get the greatest possible benefit from your adjustments. We can even show you how to self-administer simple kinds of myofascial release using a foam roller or other tools to help you keep your tissues limber.
Schedule an Evaluation and Treatment from Allied Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, Inc.
Myofascial release represents just one of the many therapeutic options available at our center. For more information about myofascial, contact Allied Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, Inc. at 781-255-5999.