Myofascial Release Therapy: The Basics

Chronic pain can have devastating, long reaching effects on a person; however, many cases could be relived with Myofascial release.

Here at FNCC, Dr. Bartoe uses a gentle technique of  Myofascial release to help many of his patients who have not found relief elsewhere. Here are the basics about this treatment.

What is Myofascial Release Therapy?

This therapy uses a type of manual manipulation, usually in the form of prolonged pressure or strategic long, slow stretching, to help relax the Myofascial restrictions and allow for better movement of tissue, forces and blood flow through the body. This can reduce pain and improve function, particularly when other treatments have failed to produce relief.

The Fascia’s Role in Chronic Pain

The fascia is a fascinating structure that is woven throughout every part of the body in a continuous web-like network. Trauma, surgery, and inflammation can cause the fascia to contract and adhere to the site of the trauma. This can put pressure on the pain sensors in the area and create unwanted stretch of other areas, leading to chronic pain with no indication in imaging tests. Relieving this pressure can promote healing and pain relief.

Symptoms of Myofascial Restriction

Myofascial restriction‘s main symptom is a deep aching pain at the sight which persists or worsens. Tender points, which can cause worsening pain when pressed, are also common and may develop a tender knot. The pain can be sporadic or continuous, causing the sufferer to have difficulty sleeping. Often there will be limited mobility, flexibility, or function of the affected areas. Often times athletes will experience pain and reduced mobility until they warm up sufficiently, but after they finish exercising and cool down, the body returns to a cool state and the issue will return. Thankfully Myofascial release treatments can help.

How Myofascial Release Therapy Helps

Using a special technique, Dr. Bartoe gently encourages the fascia to relax and reopen. Once the pressure is relieved, the pain becomes less noticeable and in many cases will disappear. Unlike other techniques, Dr. Bartoe’s doesn’t cause additional pain or bruising at the site of manipulation which makes this technique great for those who have a lower pain tolerance or do not respond well to pain.

For more information regarding Myofascial pain relief, or other chiropractic care services in Orlando, FL, please contact the offices of Dr. Bartoe for a free consultation.

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