Myofascial therapy is more than just stretching and manipulating tight muscles; It's a totally different way at looking at joint pain and injury treatment.
What is fascia?
While not recognized as a separate organ system, it is connected to essentially everything in the body.
- Is an often overlooked as a source of pain
- To help stabilize our joints
- Give structure and shape to our body
- Allows us to move
What To Expect With Treatment
We use a variety of therapies to include:
- Fascial Abrasion Therapy
- Myofascial Disruption Therapy
- Myo-Matrix Release
- Active Post Isometric Relaxation
This is a hands-on-skin procedure. You will not have to undress like a massage but we will need to access your area of pain. Typical athletic wear is usually fine. Dress appropriately or bring a change of clothes with you.
Most therapies are tolerated very well, with patients feeling a change in pain and/or movement right away. Redness around the treatment area is common and is from increased circulation. Some therapies can be a little uncomfortable but are brief in duration. Depending on the therapy, some patients can be a little sore afterwards. Soreness is typically mild and you will be given instructions for continued treatment.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Current treatment models are showing that the myofascial system can be a significant source of chronic pain and dysfunction. When you have an injury or are recovering from surgery, inflammation is the body’s first response in the recovery process. If all goes as planned, the initial inflammation phase is relatively short in duration and your progress to the tissue remodeling phase. Things should heal and you go on with your life.
Now, unfortunately in some cases tissues don’t heal as planned. This can happen for a number of reasons; Return to activity too soon, no activity to restore movement, no rehab or poor rehab, poor tissue health or nutrition, and many other reasons. This will cause ligaments, tendons, and fascia to heal in a disrupted pattern or with scar tissue. And while swelling and inflammation is a problem for acute injuries, the majority pain you are now experiencing may be coming from a disruption of your myofascial system. This is especially true for chronic joint pain.
Muscles, Tendons, and Ligaments
Soft tissue injury of any type can cause a disruption in the myofascial system. These can be acute like sprains, strains, and tears. They can also be chronic injuries from repetitive injury, poor posture, or movement compensations. Surgery is also an under-thought of type of trauma which causes a disruption of the myofascial system.
Disruptions in the myofascial system and scar tissue will produce pain, restrict movement, and create poor compensation patterns. This can produce both muscle and tendon weakness, making you more vulnerable to injury.
Soft tissue injury can be a vague term, so let’s identify what a few are:
- Ankle sprains
- Muscles sprains and pulls
- Tendon pains (like tennis elbow and IT band syndrome)
- Chronic low loads with poor posture (as in sitting all day at a computer)