Myofascial Release Gastown
All tight and knotted up? Myofascial release could help you get relief. Regularly feel sore or stiff? Are your shoulders, back, neck and even your head in pain? If so myofascial release might be just what you need to ease the pain and tightness.
The Science Behind Myofascial Release Therapy
Studies show the following benefits behind this type of therapy:
- Lowering pain.
- Improving quality of sleep.
- Improving depression.
- Improving quality of life.
- Improving anxiety.
What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial release a type of treatment which works the fascia. Fascia is a web of connective tissue that goes from the superficial muscular layers to the very deep layers, all the way down to the bone. Typically a physiotherapist will massage the muscles and gently stretch the fascia to release the knots. This process involves applying pressure to sore and tight areas to loosen them up and get them to relax. The physical therapist will use their hands, elbows and sometimes even tools.
Does it hurt?
Typically it's an intense experience. You will often feel sore afterwards, but when the soreness dissipates you will feel much looser than before.
What Causes Myofascial Pain?
Essentially this pain is caused due to tightness, and the resulting sensitivity in the layers of the connective tissue surrounding your muscles. The myofascial tissue encases the muscle fibers. This tension can happen due to injury, poor posture, sprain or strain injury, overuse or chronic problems. Myofascial release can decrease this sensitivity and tightness which slowly removes the pain. However, its often tricky pinpointing the exact source of the problem due to pain referral. For example you can have pain your forearm, but the cause could because of tightness in your elbows. Its due to this that myofascial release is not done on the pain points but broad areas. Its due to this that it can be hard to relieve this issue at home and a professional is needed. You can book consultation below near Gastown.
Body Parts That Respond Well to Myofascial Treatments
- Lower back.
- Quadriceps (Legs).
Benefits to Myofascial Treatments
- Releases knots, stress and tension.
- Improves blood circulation.
- Improves your overall range of motion.
- Helps you and your body relax.
- Limits or entirely removes pain.
- Reduces soreness and helps your body heal