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Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a safe and effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This important “time element” has to do with a low load (gentle pressure) applied through the skin slowly allowing the fascia to elongate.

Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create myofascial restrictions that can produce pressures on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.).

The use of myofascial release allows the physiotherapist to look at each patient as a unique individual. One-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which the physiotherapist / physical therapist uses different myofascial release techniques and movement therapy to improve the mobility of the fascial restriction.

Each myofascial release session should be performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia, thereby decreasing pain and increasing mobility.

The patient frequently complains of some / all of the following symptoms:

  • Tightness of the tissues that restricts motion or pulls the body out of alignment, causing the person to favour and overuse one side of the body more than the other
  • A sense of excessive pressure on muscles or joints that produces pain
  • Pain in any part or parts of the body, including headache or back pain

Myofascial release treatment can assist with the following conditions:

  • Bulging disc / Degenerative disc disease / Herniated disc
  • Bursitis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cervical and Lumbar spine injuries / Back pain / Headaches / Whiplash
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic pain
  • Frozen shoulder / Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Nerve entrapments / Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Painful adherent scar tissue
  • Tendinopathies / Plantar Fasciitis
  • TMJ difficulties

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