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Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release

What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release is a highly specialized stretching technique for the fascia (connective tissue).  Fascia is a thin web of connective tissue that covers all of the organs of the body, every muscle, and every fiber within each muscle. The fascial system is one structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. Each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.

In a normal, healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It can stretch and moves without restriction. Physical trauma, scarring, or inflammation, causes the fascia to lose its pliability. It becomes tight and restricted and is a source of tension to the rest of the body. When muscle fibers are injured, the fibers and the fascia surrounding it become short and tight. This uneven stress can be transmitted through the fascia to other parts of the body.

What is it Used For?

  • Back, pelvic, hip and neck pain
  • Diffuse body pain
  • Post surgical (scar tissue)
  • Sprains/strains
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Post-polio symptoms
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Trigger points and tender points
  • Whiplash
  • Menstrual pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Endometriosis
  • Coccygeal pain
  • Episiotomy/c-section scars

How Can Donna Sarna Physiotherapy Help?

At Donna Sarna Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation myofascial release may be a component of your treatment plan.  It is a manual technique  consisting of the application  of slow sustained pressure into areas of restriction in the tissue.  With maintenance of the sustained pressure the tissue  lengthens to regain its normal wavy configuration.  The treatment is  very gentle, but it can have a profound effect. You may leave after the first treatment feeling little effect, but later that day, or even a day or two after, you may begin to feel substantial pain relief.

In general, acute cases will resolve with a few treatments. Chronic conditions that have developed over a period of years may require three to four months of treatment to achieve optimal results.