Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of Musculoskeletal immobility and pain.

The technique focuses on pain believed to arise from myofascial tissues — the tough membranes that wrap, connect and support your muscles. Soft tissue can become restricted due to disease, overuse, trauma, infectious agents, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow. Theoretically, myofascial pain differs from other types of pain because it originates in “trigger points,” which are related to stiff, anchored areas within the myofascia.

During myofascial release therapy, our massage therapist locates myofascial areas that feel stiff and fixed instead of elastic and movable under light manual pressure. These areas, though not always near what feels like the source of pain, are thought to restrict muscle and joint movements, contributing to widespread muscle pain. The focused manual pressure and stretching used in myofascial release therapy loosen up restricted movement, leading to reduced pain.

Myofascial Release is highly effective in treating patients with the following diagnoses:

  • Back strain, chronic back pain, low back pain, thoracic back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic cervical pain
  • Complex pain complaints
  • Dizziness, vertigo
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fibrositis
  • Headache
  • Myofascial pain dysfunction
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Trigger points, tender points*
  • Whiplash

What to expect during treatment

Myofascial Release is a very gentle stretching technique. Our therapist will feel your tissue tension, telling her what muscles and soft tissues need to be treated and which ones should be treated first. This treatment is guided entirely by feedback. If you have a tender point or a trigger point she will find it just by feel. Post treatment it is important to drink an additional gallon of water above and beyond your normal intake both on the day of treatment and for one to two days afterwards to prevent soreness.