What Is Myofascial Release? Understanding the Ideas and Techniques

Providing chiropractic care means embracing a wide variety of therapeutic practices, all aimed at providing relief from pain and other symptoms by correcting the underlying causes. Plus, it’s done in a natural, holistic manner.  One special technique we use successfully here at the Functional Neurology Chiropractic Center is a specific type of Myofascial release.  

Disorders of the myofascia can be at the heart of a great many forms of pain and mobility issues.  Dr. Bartoe has trained extensively in the use of a particular technique of Myofascial release, and wants people to understand the benefits of this technique.

A Functional Neurology Chiropractic Specialist Discusses Myofascial Release 

So, what is the Myofascia?  It is a number of different layers of dynamic fibrous tissue – almost like spider web – that covers and connects nearly all of the bones, muscles, joints, and associated structures around the body.  It’s a supportive layer,  holding together different structures, but it is also designed primarily to help reduce friction and allow body parts to move easily past each other.

Unfortunately, the Myofascia is susceptible to a variety of problems, including inflammation, stiffness, and adhesions (like little glue spots that lock layers together).  As you can probably imagine, if something affects the ability of the Myofascia to move, that also restricts the movements of the bones, muscles, or joints it covers – just like how a stiff shirt might restrict your arm’s movements.  So, a problem with the Myofascia in a particular part of the body can create local pain, discomfort, or mobility issues, but it can also cause problems in other areas of the body too.

Myofascial release is a general name for a group of techniques that open up restricted areas of fascia.  By freeing up the Myofascial, the underlying structures are also freed up, reducing pain and improving mobility. The technique that Dr. Bartoe utilizes is a more rare technique where his hands create a gentle pressure that moves only a small amount at a time. Many other techniques use long massage-like strokes to break apart adhesions in fascia, but Dr. Bartoe has found that this technique is more gentle and gets wonderful results in most patients, especially his neurology patients.

Myofascial release is usually quite painless, or at most, might leave a slight bit of soreness such as one would feel after a light workout. There are some specific times where it may create discomfort, but these are rare and expected.  Because of the versatility of his technique, Dr. Bartoe can work on virtually any area of the body where the Myofascial has become improperly inhibited.

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