What is myofascial pain?
Myofascial pain is a painful condition that affects the fascia (connective tissue that covers the muscles). Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) is chronic myofascial pain that can involve either a single muscle or a muscle group. Myofascial release (MFR) is hands-on, soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain, myofascial pain and myofascial pain syndrome.
What is the goal of myofascial release?
The goal of myofascial release is to:
- Stretch and loosen the fascia,
- Release muscular shortness / tightness and relax the contracted muscles,
- Improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and
- Stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles
Many patients seek myofascial release treatment after losing flexibility / function following an injury or if they are experiencing ongoing pain in the back, shoulder, hip or virtually any area containing soft tissue.
What conditions can we rehabilitate?
Myofascial release is highly effective in treating patients with a variety of diagnoses, including:
- Chronic Back Strain, Low Back Pain and Thoracic Back Pain
- Chronic Myofascial Pain / Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS)
- Chronic Cervical Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Complex Pain Complaints
- Dizziness, Vertigo
- Headache / Migraine Headaches
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Post-Polio Symptoms
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction