How Can Myofascial Release Help Correct Soft Tissue Injuries?
Have you ever received a massage that felt good in the moment, but then the pain returned just hours later? That’s because the massage didn’t address the deeper issue. To de-stress and revitalize even deeper, you’ll need a more involved form of massage.
Myofascial release technique (MRT) is a soft tissue therapy that goes deeper than standard massage. Myofascial release involves repairing the muscles, ligaments, and tendons – not just making them feel better temporarily. It stimulates blood flow to affected areas and releases tension to soothe muscles. It can be highly effective in treating chronic pain conditions.
If you’re suffering from ongoing muscle pain or need a long-term solution to dealing with soft tissue damage, consider a visit to the chiropractor. While a massage therapist may be your first instinct for getting a massage, a chiropractor may actually be better qualified to deliver MRT.
Here at Posture Works in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO, we’re experts in myofascial release technique as a management tool for chronic pain.
How is MRT different from a regular massage?
Myofascial release is similar to massage in that it involves slow and deep-but-gentle pressure, applied to damaged tissue. The intention is to strengthen the tissue by separating scar tissue fibers and restoring nutrient flow to damaged nerve endings. When the scar tissue is repaired, you regain full range of motion, often eliminating stiffness, spasms, and pain.
What makes MRT different from massage is the target: fascial tissue instead of muscles. Fascial tissue connects and protects the body’s organs and muscles. But injury or illness can damage this tissue, resulting in a lack of flexibility and the buildup of scar tissue. This technique has proven helpful for treating patients with:
- Neck and back pain;
- Carpal tunnel syndrome;
- Chronic fatigue syndrome;
- Sports injuries;
- Recurrent headaches.
Chiropractors: experts in MRT
If your chronic pain can be traced back to fascial tissue, MRT is almost certainly the first and best approach to addressing and managing it. It’s also important to have any other contributors to the pain diagnosed as well, to ensure chronic pain is being attacked from all angles. A chiropractor is your complete resource for this holistic approach. Your chiropractor may recommend spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and changes to diet, in addition to MRT.
After diagnosing your particular condition, a chiropractor will know exactly where to focus and how much pressure to use when delivering MRT. Sometimes, this technique can relieve pain in disparate parts of the body. For example, pressure applied to the back may relieve stiffness in the legs or arms. Knowledge of the spine is critical, which makes a chiropractor eminently qualified.
More and more patients are discovering the amazing impact of MRT to relieve pain related to a variety of conditions. Posture Works is your trusted source for professional chiropractic care in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO. Contact us today for a free consultation or to learn more about MRT and how it fits into our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach to delivering care.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.
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