Myofascial release therapy (MFR) refers to specialized massage techniques that specifically address restrictions within the myofascial tissue. It is sometimes called myofascial release techniques or chiropractic myofascial therapy.
The myofascial connective tissue, or “fascia,” is a web of elastin and collagen fibers that protect and surround other tissue in the body. The fascia is a network that encompasses and connects the organs, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the body. The myofascial connective tissue is like a muscle itself and is able to contract and relax as needed. It is essential to movement and joint stability in the body.
Optimizing the Body’s Internal Network
However, through injury, overuse, and scarring, parts of the fascia can become tough, fibrous or hardened. This results in the system losing its flexible, supportive effect, and elements and structures within the body can be pulled out of alignment.
Myofascial release techniques and chiropractic myofascial therapy can help to address these dense areas and restore proper, healthy functioning. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder caused by sensitivity and tightness of the myofascial tissues around the muscles. The pain often originates from specific trigger points within the tissue.
Through addressing scar tissue and the trigger points, MFR therapy eases tension throughout the body. In doing so, pain and restriction are relieved. The therapy is intuitive, and your practitioner will be highly experienced in this type of massage work to clear blockages and pave the way for increased flexibility, mobility, better joint functioning and a higher quality of life.
Myofascial Release Techniques Complement Chiropractic Care
Both chiropractic care and chiropractic myofascial therapy treat the whole body system and strive to address injuries at their root. Instead of just treating symptoms, deep and lasting relief is possible. This is why chiropractic care and myofascial release techniques are so complementary.
While chiropractic care addresses misalignments and other issues of the musculoskeletal system, myofascial release techniques, and chiropractic myofascial therapy address the tissue surrounding it. When both are functioning optimally, the whole body is in harmony and alignment.
In addition to musculoskeletal issues of the back and spine, MFR can also help:
- Jaw pain/TMJ
- Athletic injury
If you think you could benefit from myofascial release techniques and chiropractic myofascial therapy, contact your Lexington chiropractor ChiroWorks Pain & Injury Treatment Center. Dr. Robert W. Kirby, D.C. and the rest of the staff at ChiroWorks Pain & Injury Treatment Center are committed to your total health and well-being.
ChiroWorks Pain & Injury Treatment Center in Lexington Is Here To Help
We offer state-of-the-art, natural, non-invasive, drug-free, comprehensive treatment that gets to the heart of the issue. Lexington chiropractor, Dr. Kirby, has been assisting patients for more than 16 years and looks forward to helping you on your healing journey. Call 859-300-6215 today for an appointment.