Chronic pain is frequently due to the presence of myofascial pain. With myofascial pain, trigger points or “knots” in the muscles cause tightness and pain in multiple, sometimes seemingly unrelated areas of the body. Myofascial pain may be caused by overuse, or stress-induced muscle tension.
Our physical therapists use a technique called Myofascial Release (MFR) to relieve chronic myofascial pain and restricted movement. Myofascial Release is a soft tissue therapy that effectively relieves muscle pain and restores mobility. It is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure to elongate fascia, a layer of connective tissue that covers muscles, bones, nerves, arteries, veins, and internal organs.
A high percentage of people who suffer pain or reduced range of motion may have fascial problems that have gone undiagnosed. Trauma, inflammatory responses, and surgical procedures can create myofascial problems that don’t appear in many standard tests, including x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, and electromyography.