Myofascial Release (Deep Tissue Massage/Trigger Point Therapy)

Myofascial Release

Fascia is the fibrous tissue located between other tissues (Skin, bone, muscle, etc.). Fascia is essentially the “covering”. When this tissue is contracted and restricted from movement it forms “adhesions”. When these adhesions or muscles themselves become restricted and “Knotted Up” they can be extremely painful and they may refer pain to other areas of the body.

Myofascial release refers to the manual technique for stretching the fascia with the aim to balance the body. Fascia is located between the skin and the underlying structure of muscle and bone, it is a seamless web of connective tissue that covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures in our body. Muscle and fascia are united forming the myofascia system. Unfortunately there are very few qualified therapists. This is DEEP TISSUE work and needs trained hands to be effective. Regular massage techniques are NOT the same. Myofascial has helped many individuals who have pain AFTER surgical procedures!

Rolfing, Structural Release, and BioSync are all methods to perform Myofascial Release. You can research these modalities online for specific information.

Like everything in the Medical Field qualified practitioners are expensive and hard to find. I spent over $1,500 on a series of treatments. And yes it did help – both in my understanding of what is wrong and making me feel better. But it did not cure my problem. I had to stop going because I could not afford the cost. If your pain is muscle related, if you have bad posture, this will definitely help!

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger points are described as hyper irritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. The palpable nodules are said to be small contraction knots and a common cause of pain. Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or local twitch response. The local twitch response is not the same as a muscle spasm. This is because a muscle spasm refers to the entire muscle entirely contracting whereas the local twitch response also refers to the entire muscle but only involves a small twitch – no contraction.

The trigger point model states that most unexplained pain radiates from these points of local tenderness, suggesting that therapy should be addressed to the relevant trigger points. Many chiropractors and massage therapists find the model useful in practice, however the medical community at large has not embraced trigger point therapy due to the lack of a consistent methodology for diagnosis of trigger points.

Posted by on Jul 16th, 2008 and filed under Back Pain, Neck Pain. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response by filling following comment form or trackback to this entry from your site

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