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Myofascial Release Therapy

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE


Looking For Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release is a highly specialized stretching & deep, manual therapy technique used by massage therapists to treat patients with a variety of soft-tissue problems. This form of bodywork uses long, manual stretching strokes that seek to rebalance the body by releasing tension in the fascia/connective tissue. Myo, meaning muscle, and fascial, referring to the fascia, offers release of the fascial restrictions surrounding muscles and soft-tissue. This manual massage technique releases the bonds between fascia and muscles with the goal of eliminating pain and increasing range of motion. Myofascial release usually involves applying shear compression or tension in various directions or by skin rolling.

Myofascial Release In More Detail...
Most massages focus specifically on muscles. They seek to loosen and relax muscles by applying pressure to them and gently manipulating them.  Myofascial Release Massage (MRM) does this too, but takes it one step further.  MRM operates on the principle that you store stress and tension in your muscles and your connective tissue.  This causes them to become stiff and locked, which results in discomfort, or even pain, in your everyday life. MRM seeks to unlock this discomfort by stretching the layers of fascia.

 

More specifically, MRM refers to the manual massage technique for stretching the fascia and releasing the bonds between fascia, integument, and muscles with the goal of eliminating pain, increasing range of motion and equilibrioception. Myofascial release usually involves applying shear compression or tension in various directions.

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.

Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)

The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.


Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on the skin without oils, creams, or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply and appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.


So, what is fascia? Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider's web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.  Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive it is thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but most go undiagnosed. Despite the fact that the information has been known to be outdated, it is still being taught in most medical, dental, and therapeutic schools, leading to the frustration of temporary results and a health care system on the verge of bankruptcy and collapse. It is time to change and update our paradigm, which is a shared set of assumptions, a model of reality. Our society’s model of reality is logical, but a terribly flawed and incomplete paradigm. Fascia plays an important role in the support and function of our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to all structures. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When one experiences physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, car accident, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture and repetitive stress injuries has cumulative effects on the body. The changes trauma causes in the fascial system influences comfort and function of our body. Fascial restrictions can exert excessive pressure causing all kinds of symptoms producing pain, headaches or restriction of motion. Fascial restrictions affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.


People with fibromyalgia, back pain, and other muscle associated health issues are often sent to MRM specialists by their doctors.  MRM is often prescribed as a part of a pain management program, as clients often feel less daily discomfort after engaging in it.  This therapy has also been used to treat pains of a different kind, including those associated with chronic fatigue, severe tension and anxiety. It has also been used as therapy for repetitive stress injuries of the muscular-skeletal system.

 

According to the Mayo Clinic, “It is thought that tightness within the fascia (connective tissues) causes restriction of muscle and other tissues, resulting in back pain and loss of motion. Injuries, stress, inflammation, trauma and poor posture supposedly contribute to this tightness.”


MRM loosens and frees this connective tissue. This means that any physical condition the tightness of the fascia is exaggerating can be relieved by MRM. This is thought to include fibromyalgia, a slew of muscular and joint pains, fatigue, tensions, and even some of the physical side effects of old age. It is also thought to help with injuries and other sustained physical damage.


MRM Can Help With:

  • Back Pain
  • Bladder Problems (Urgency, Frequency, Incontinence, Overactive Bladder)
  • Birth Injuries
  • Bulging Disc
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cervical and Lumbar Injuries
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Emotional Trauma
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
  • Herniated Disc
  • Headaches or Migraines
  • Infertility
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pudendal Nerve Entrapment
  • Scars (hypertrophic, hypersensitive, painful, burn scars, mastectomy scars)
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Shin Splints
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Tinnitus (Ringing of the ears)
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vulvodynia
  • Whiplash

We Can Help You!
At Athletic Edge, we are trained in Myofascial Release techniques and how to apply them to your particular pain pattern or restriction. We often blend this technique with many others to provide a customized therapeutic treatment which achieves the best possible result.





Why Choose Athletic Edge?
All of our massage therapists are skilled in myofascial release, as well as over fifteen types of massage therapy, injury rehab and pain relief. We’ll review your posture and help assess the actual cause of your pain or restriction. We will also explain when to use ice or heat and will provide stretches & recommendations to help get you feeling better.


Our Experience
The staff at Athletic Edge takes great pride in our ability to help athletes and injured clients reach their full potential. We work in conjunction with doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists and other health care professionals to provide our clients with the highest level of care possible. We have treated everything from pulled muscles, whiplash and joint pain to scoliosis, carpal tunnel syndrome and severe nerve pain. And if you’re an athlete, we will create a session unique to your needs using the same knowledge, skills and experience we have developed working with professional level athletes from the NFL, MLS, World Cup, Olympians, International Rugby teams, professional cyclists, runners, triathletes, rock climbers and many other sports. Athletic Edge experience combines years of massage experience, including executive planning and execution of therapy for the Tennessee Titans, Country Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Music City Marathon, Rock N' Roll Marathon, Salt Lake City Olympics, Vanderbilt Athletics, Stanford Athletics, and various NFL teams across the country.  Athletic Edge is staffed with licensed and nationally certified (NCTMB) massage therapists who have a common goal when it comes to client needs: utilizing massage techniques to treat athletic injuries, and also aid in the prevention of future damage to soft tissues. Athletic Edge maintains the highest standards in massage therapy, requiring our therapists to have over 1,200 hours of education, a state and city permit for practicing, and a minimum of 2,000 hours of client experience.  Most of our therapists far exceed these requirements, and they are equipped with extensive clinical experience and thousands of practice hours on their resume. Our certified clinical massage therapists and neuromuscular therapists have been trained in Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy (NMT) and other forms of soft tissue work to provide a variety of therapy options to meet your wellness needs. Each therapist also holds a professional membership with the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).