Myofascial Release for Therapists

Myofasical Release for Chronic Soft Tissue Pain

Myofasical release is one of the most important techniques that therapists and physiotherapists can learn today. Myofasical release is a form of soft tissue therapy that is intended to reduce pain and increase mobility in patients that are suffering from chronic pain conditions. By applying pressure and administering massage to areas of the body, this therapy aims to improve the health of fascia tissue.

What is Fascia

Fascia is the connective material that goes into muscles, joints and cartilage, to provide a structure and stability throughout the human body. For a more detailed description, read What is Fascia?.

What is Myofascial Release

There are two forms of myofasical release that are practiced direct and indirect.

What is Direct Myofascial Release

Direct myofasical release is the original form of this therapy and focuses on placing direct pressure on areas of the fascia that have become compressed or restricted due to scar tissue or injury using a tool, such as the knuckles. Practitioners of this type of therapy work to apply subtle pressure to the affected areas and release and relax the fascia, leading to improved mobility and flexibility and decreased pain. For many patients that have suffered chronic soft tissue pain, this treatment is extremely effective and highly sought after. Therapists that are skilled in this technique often see increased referrals from patients that they have provided relief to.

What is In-direct Myofascial Release

Indirect myofasical release is a similar, though much newer, form of this therapy. To perform indirect myofasical release, the practitioner applies much less pressure to the affected area, and a slight twist which allows the fascia to unwind itself. This gentle form of traction causes increased blood flow and heat to the area, allowing the body's natural healing mechanisms to take over. This newer form of myofasical release was introduced in the 1980's and has since gained a popular following with therapists and patients alike.

BarryJenings_4Benefits in Using Myofascial Release In your Practice

For any therapist or physiotherapist looking to expand their skill set myofasical release is a great addition. Practitioners who have added myofasical release to their repertoire find an increase in patient satisfaction and referrals. Patients that are not helped by other forms of therapy may be able to find relief through properly applied myofasical release techniques. Whether you are a patient experiencing chronic soft tissue pain and discomfort or are a therapist looking to improve and enhance the treatment options that you can offer to your clients, this method has been proven to be very beneficial.

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