Tight Muscles? Try Myofascial Release Therapy in Brisbane
Myofascial release is a term used to describe the releasing of the muscles and the fibrous fascial tissue that surrounds it.
You may have heard of Trigger Points? These can be described as Myofascial Trigger Points or Knots. You may feel a knot in your muscle that your physio releases when you have treatment. When this knot occurs there has been a build up of energy in that spot that becomes unable to let go.
The cause of the knots or Myofascial trigger points can be from poor posture or over activation of certain muscles and under activation of others.
Your physio will use their hands, thumbs or sometimes an instrument to release these spots to relieve your pain. The release of a trigger spot requires a sustained pressure and stretch to the tissues. Often these trigger spots that are causing the pain are actually a long way away from the problem.
Fascial pain is often experienced as what we call “deferred pain: eg runners/joggers may get trigger spots in their shin muscles but the problems can be found all the way up the leg into the trunk and sometimes even up to the neck. Because of this it is important to have a full body analysis so that the Myofascia can be fully released.
What Causes Fascial Pain?
The pain felt in your muscles is caused by tight fascia. The fascia part of the Myofascia is the fibrous tissue that surrounds all of the muscles. It also surrounds organs. Its function is to ensure that the muscles can glide over other tissues such as bone during normal movement. Poor posture can cause stress in certain areas making the fascia become dry due to reduced circulation to the area. Injuries can also cause adhesions in the fascia meaning that there is a lack of gliding of the tissues.
When we wake up in the morning we might feel the need to stretch as we feel a bit stiff. This is also due to the dehydration of the fascia so there is less gliding. Therefore it is very important that we rehydrate every morning and move our bodies to improve the glide of the fascia.
What is the best treatment?
We know that it takes a significant amount of pressure to release tight fascia.
The myofascial release technique we’ve found gets the best results is IASNM: Instrument Assisted Sensory Neuro Modulation. It is a gentle technique that is not painful and uses a different approach to reducing adhesions in the fascial tissue.
Key Benefits of Myofascial Release Treatment
- Reduces tension in the muscles and in the fascia around the muscles
- Improves joint movement
- Reduces Muscle Spasms
- Can Assist with Breathing
- Helps to reduce chronic pain
Because it is gentle it is suitable for those with Fibromyalgia. We have been using this technique combined with Lymphatic Drainage with some great results especially with regards to pain relief for sufferers of Fibromyalgia.
So a Pain Slaying technique that is not so painful to administer. This is great news if you live in Brisbane and suffer from Fibromyalgia or have ongoing pain following activity or sport or postural problems accumulating in pain.