How get rid of myofascial pain
Have you ever felt a tightness or tension somewhere in your body that, however much you have tried to stretch and stretch, you cannot seem to release? Not only is it uncomfortable, it can feel like your body is out of alignment and you cannot seem to bring it into alignment without tensing. For those involved in repetitive activities, from tapping at the keyboard to weights to running, the tension can eventually turn into chronic pain, stopping you from doing the things you love.
The reason conventional stretching, and even conventional massage therapy, may not be helping is that it is not your muscles that are the problem. – It is the connective tissue around your muscles, the myofascia, that is stuck.
Let´s have a closer look.
What is myofascia?
Imagine that you are wearing a tight wetsuit. Then imagine that somewhere along its length this wetsuit is stuck, dry, cracked. However, it doesn´t matter how much you try to stretch out that area of your body, as soon as you stop stretching, the wetsuit pulls things back to the way they were. To relieve tightness and tension, you need to work not on your muscles but on the wetsuit!
The wetsuit around our bodies is essentially our skin and the layer of fascia underneath, beneath which is a layer of deep fascia, beneath which are muscles again wrapped in fascia (“myofascia”). In fact fascia runs all through our bodies, from the top of our heads to the tips of our toes.
Causes of stuck fascia
Stuck fascia has a number of causes:
- An old injury, for example niggling pain in an old shoulder injury, or intermittent lower back pain
- Repetitive strained movement, such as burning wrist pain from hours at the keyboard
- Sustained lack of movement – perhaps tight hamstrings from prolonged sitting
- Poor posture, commonly a tight chest and painful neck from hunching
- Stress, whereby our whole body feels tight from the tissues “gripping”
- Dehydration, again where our whole body feels tight and lethargic
What is myofascial release?
Myofascial release is the process of carefully peeling apart the stuck connective tissues from the muscles and from each other. It focuses on reducing pain by easing the tension and tightness in the trigger points. Localizing pain to a specific trigger point is very difficult. For that reason, myofascial release is often used over a broad area of muscle and tissue rather than at single points.
Does myofascial release have risks?
Myofascial release has very few risks. In fact, this kind of massage therapy may be beneficial for pain reduction. However, Myofascial release massage isn’t ideal in these cases:
- When people have burns, injuries, or painful wounds
- People with fractures or broken bones
- People with fragile or weak bones
- If patients suffer from deep vein thrombosis or deep vein issues
- Patients taking blood-thinning medications
Myofascial release is a safe and sophisticated form of massage therapy, that is slow and connected. If you have already tried a variety of exercise, stretching, and massage, and none of it has resolved your problem, myofascial release may be the solution you are looking for.
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