What Is Myofascial Release Therapy?

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What Is Myofascial Release Therapy?

You’re probably familiar with a common trope that appears in comics and cartoons in which someone grabs a loose thread on a sweater and unravels the entire thing. While this may be visually comedic, it’s not that far off from how one system in your body is structured: the fascia.

The fascia is a sheet of fibrous connective tissue that covers the muscle, bone, organs, blood veins, and nerves. It has the appearance of a spider web, and covers your entire body from head to toe. It plays an important role in your body’s function in that it reduces the friction your muscles place on your nerves and blood vessels. It creates a sort of moveable wrapping that allows them to pass between the muscles.

When the fascia becomes tense, inflamed, irritated, or stiff, it can cause your whole body to feel as if it’s coming unraveled like a sweater. A number of common pain symptoms—including migraines, fibromyalgia, back pain and neck pain, just to name a few. If you’ve ever experienced any of these conditions, then you know how this can deeply affect your day-to-day life.

A number of things can cause the fascial to become agitated, including trauma or just being worn down over time. Fortunately, there is a treatment option: myofascial release therapy.

Myofascial release therapy is a hands-on technique in which gentle, hands-on pressure is applied onto the fascia. Our therapists can detect restrictions that can’t be seen on X-Rays, CAT scans or MRIs. Once they’re able to locate the tensed-up areas, they apply sustained pressure to release it. There’s no medication, oils or cream involved, so you won’t have to worry about side-effects or allergic reactions.

Each of our sessions lasts 45 minutes, and they’re performed by therapists who’ve undergone three years of post-graduate work—not by technicians or assistants. We make sure that once you’re working with one therapist that you’ll continue to work with them each time you come in for an appointment.

In the state of Iowa, you don’t have to wait for your doctor’s permission to see a physical therapist, so make an appointment today and get on the road to better health!

1 comment

  • Finley Moreira | Sep 26th 2017 @ 9:21 AM

    It was interesting to me to learn that migraines could be a result of an inflamed fascia. I've been getting migraines lately that have been accompanied by neck pain, and I haven't been able to find much relief yet. I wouldn't mind trying myfoscial release therapy to see if it will fix my migraine problem. http://georgiamfr.com/myofascial-release/

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