Are you living with stiff or tight muscles? If so, you have what is called myofascial pain caused by muscular irritation, and the myofascial release treatments provided at ProTailored Physical Therapy may benefit you and help you live life with less pain.
If your stiff or tight muscles are limiting your daily life, don’t hesitate to request an appointment. One of our Fort Wayne, IN physical therapists would be happy to meet with you and discuss how myofascial release can benefit you!
How will myofascial release help me?
Myofascial release is a type of physical therapy treatment in the form of massage that helps alleviate pain by relieving tension within the affected muscles. Our Fort Wayne, IN physical therapists are highly trained in the method of myofascial release, with an extensive understanding of what specific pressure points to focus on, in order to bring your fascia back to its elastic form.
What conditions do myofascial release treat?
When muscles become constricted or tight, it can significantly impact your mobility. This can cause pain and limitations with movement. Fortunately, myofascial release works to reverse this by loosening up the constricted muscles, thus allowing for easier, pain-free movement.
There are several conditions that can be treated with myofascial release. Some of the most common include:
Myofascial pain syndrome.
This is the most commonly treated condition through myofascial release, and it can affect many of your muscles. The “trigger points” for your myofascial pain are determined and then massaged out.
Injuries can also cause muscle stiffness. The affected area will be massaged to loosen up the muscles and allow for a quicker healing process.
Myofascial release has also been known to relieve the pain of chronic headaches and migraines by massaging the tightened muscles around the head and neck.
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, in order to improve function and mobility.
This condition can also cause stiffness in multiple muscles. The affected areas will be determined and then massaged.
Temporomandibular joint disorder.
The muscles around the jaw are massaged through myofascial release in many patients with temporomandibular joint disorder. This decreases pain and inflammation, as well as increases mobility of the jaw.
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.
If you have been diagnosed with one of the conditions listed above, or another condition that you think could benefit from myofascial release, contact our Fort Wayne, IN physical therapy office today. Call our Fort Wayne physical therapy office today at 260-739-0300!
Common Questions Regarding Massage/Myofascial Release
What does Massage/Myofascial Release feel like?
Massage at physical therapy can vary from a traditional massage. It is more targeted to the specific areas that are affecting your pain or movement restrictions. The therapist will vary their pressure and speed of movements. A trigger point release is a specific type of massage/myofascial release that utilizes ischemic compression to bring blood flow to the muscle. This technique typically feels like heavy pressure, and the muscle may refer pain to surrounding areas during the technique. However, after the technique is complete, the area will be less restricted and may have a “looser” feeling.
What will I feel like after I’ve had Massage/Myofascial Release done?
It is common for the area that has been treated to feel a little warm or sore after massage/myofascial release. This is because the process of massage/myofascial release increases blood flow to the area to promote healing. Some muscle tenderness is common the day after massage/myofascial release – and in days following that, patients may report a reduction in pain and stiffness.
What tools are used for Massage/Myofascial Release?
The therapists primarily use their hands to perform massage/myofascial release. This technique is often used in conjunction with other techniques including cupping, scaping/IASTM, or dry needling.
Where all can Massage/Myofascial Release be performed?
Massage/myofascial release can be performed on any skeletal muscle tissue.
Fun fact: At ProTailored Physical Therapy, we commonly will perform a myofascial release on the suboccipital muscles (the muscles at the base of the head). This is done to relieve tension throughout the muscle that is often responsible for trigger points and tightness that can affect cervical motion or cause headaches. We have great success with this!
What is a trigger point?
A trigger point is a small area of shortened or tight muscular fibers located within a muscle.
Why do I have trigger points?
Trigger points can develop secondary to trauma or overuse.
Fun fact: The upper trapezius (shoulder musculature) commonly holds many trigger points as people commonly tense the shoulders with stress/anxiety.
What is scar tissue?
Scar tissue is made in the body after an injury occurs. It is a group of cells and collagen that has been produced to replace the injured cells. Scar tissue is different from other tissues as it has less elasticity. This may lead to decreased motion or increases in pain in some motions.
Why do I have scar tissue?
Scar tissue will occur after surgery or a traumatic injury. However, scar tissue may form in the body with injuries that are less traumatic and that you may not even feel, like overuse. Injuries.
Implement myofascial release into your treatment plan today!
At ProTailored Physical Therapy, we are dedicated to providing the best quality treatment for your individual needs. Don’t let stiff, tight, or constricted muscles limit your life any longer! Request an appointment at our Fort Wayne, IN physical therapy practice today for relief.