If you are experiencing stiff or tight muscles, myofascial release may be an option for you. Although myofascial release helps with pain relief by easing the tension in your muscles, this is much different and more targeted than general therapeutic massage. It is a form of massage that focuses on specific pressure points, aimed at bringing the myofascia back to its elastic form.
When your muscles constrict and become tight, your mobility of the affected area becomes restricted, and any movements you make can result in pain. Myofascial release reverses this sensation by loosening up the constricted area, thus promoting easier mobility and less pain.
Myofascial release can provide relief for a multitude of conditions. Some of the most common conditions treated by myofascial release include:
Chronic Headaches/MigrainesMyofascial release has also been known to relieve the pain of chronic headaches and migraines by massaging the tightened muscles around the head and neck.
Myofascial release can help reduce the amount of blood pooled in the veins and allow for more efficient blood flow, decreasing the pain felt in the veins.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
The muscles around the jaw are massaged out through myofascial release in many patients with temporomandibular joint disorder. This decreases pain and inflammation, as well as increases mobility.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome can benefit from myofascial release by having the muscles in their hands, wrists, and/or arms massaged out, in order to improve function and mobility.
FibromyalgiaThis condition can also cause stiffness in multiple muscles. The affected areas will be determined and then massaged out.
InjuryInjuries can also cause stiffness. The affected area will be massaged out to loosen up the muscles and allow for a quicker healing process.
If you’ve been feeling stiff, and you think you could benefit from myofascial release, request a consult from Phoenix Physical Therapy & Wellness today. We would be happy to evaluate you and discuss how our treatment services could benefit you!