At About Kids and Adults Too, our therapists receive comprehensive training and testing for multiple therapy techniques. One type of therapy we are happy to offer is myofascial release. Myofascial release (MFR) involves applying pressure to tight muscles and connective tissue to get them to “release” and alleviate pain. The therapist may use a thumb or elbow, or a tool like a foam roller or rolling pin to target the afflicted area. MFR reduces pain by easing the tension and tightness in trigger points.
The connective tissue that covers muscle is called fascia, and it can become inflamed. The recommendations for treating inflammation range from changing your diet to ingesting supplements. However, scientific research shows that some inflammation can be effectively treated with myofascial release. We are interested in treating this pain and helping our clients learn techniques that will make them more effective caregivers.
Who Should Get Myofascial Release?
While treating muscle pain and tissue inflammation with pressure can alleviate pain in certain sufferers, this remedy is not advisable for everyone. As always, where children are concerned, discuss in detail your plans with his or her pediatrician and specialists. We are here to support you in your physician-approved practices.
Anyone with fragile, weak bones or fractures is not a good candidate for myofascial release. It is also not recommended for those with vein issues or those taking blood-thinning medicine. Very rarely, myofascial release can cause internal bleeding, nerve damage or paralysis, if not properly applied. Be sure you seek out a professional or are sufficiently trained in the technique.
What to Expect
A therapist will find the trigger point for pain, an area that feels stiff rather than supple. He or she will apply pressure to soften the tissue, loosen it and improve the movement of stiff and restricted muscle, which should alleviate pain. This sort of therapy can work in one session but is typically thought to work best over a period of consistent adjustments.
A chiropractor is one such provider whose expertise could reduce back pain or the discomfort of chronic headaches. Physical and Occupational therapy is also beneficial for patients across a wide spectrum of pain presentations. Myofascial release may be part of a complement of therapies to help you or a loved one find relief from chronic pain.
Check out these other therapies provided by About Kids. Our broad range of practices allows for custom treatment plans to be created for each patient.