Myofascial release is a form of therapy done to address tightness and shortness experienced in the muscles. Patients often consider myofascial release following an injury that causes them to experience loss of functionality or flexibility of the muscles, or pain experienced in the hips, shoulders, or back that is ongoing in duration. Further conditions that may necessitate the need for myofascial release therapy include Fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Some symptoms patients may experience include tightening of the muscle tissues that may impact mobility and result in the body being misaligned (further contributing to an overuse of a specific body part such as the arms or shoulders), excessive pressure being placed on the joints/muscles that may contribute to the onset of pain, or pain emanating from one or more body parts.
Myofascial pain can take place from two known sources. The first source involves connective tissues and skeletal muscles that may be held down tightly by a band of connective tissue fibers (also known as fascia). The second source of myofascial pain is the actual myofascial tissue itself that may be damaged.
The purpose of this therapeutic procedure is to help stretch out the band of connective tissues in order to help loosen the muscles and other tissues, thereby enhancing mobility. At Arkansas Spine and Pain, we have highly trained professionals and pain specialists that can perform myofascial release therapy. The therapy is very similar in nature to therapy done, following a post-operative procedure. The therapy usually starts out with an initial appointment that is specifically designed to locate and diagnose the area of the body where there is loss of motion and the connective band of tissue fibers are constrained. Subsequent therapy sessions may last anywhere between 30 and 50 minutes per session, may be held on a daily basis or a few days every week, and take place over the course of a few weeks or months depending on the nature of the condition.
It is important to note that myofascial release therapy can be a form of treatment that is used prior to the commencement of other treatment procedures or used in conjunction with them, such as acupuncture, physical and occupational therapy, as well as manipulation, which can further increase the effectiveness of the treatment. In addition to the therapy, patients can also complement this form of treatment with other treatments, such as heat therapy, stretches, and pain-relief medicines, including ibuprofen or acetaminophen.