When you are experiencing back or body pain, knowing which treatment will help can be difficult. With so many options, how is one to know which is right for them? Thankfully, the experts at Marshalls Creek Wellness Solutions can help. We offer a wide scope of wellness solutions ranging from physiotherapy to chiropractic care to massage therapy in East Stroudsburg. In addition to massage therapy, our licensed therapists offer myofascial release, a very specific type of massage therapy. In today’s blog, we’ll be further discussing myofascial release and how it can help relieve back pain.
What Is Myofascial Release?
Before we talk about the myofascial technique, we’ll discuss myofascial tissue. Myofascial tissues are a type of connective tissue that covers the muscles in a web-like pattern. These tissues are strong and fibrous and provide support for your muscles. When myofascial tissue is functioning normally, it is pliable and relaxed. However, when this tissue experiences inflammation, excessive strain, injury, or other trauma, it becomes rigid, tense, and knotted.
When myofascial tissue is irritated, it can cause a trigger point. This trigger point can then cause pain in other areas, rather than simply the area of the injury or strain. These trigger points can be recognized when a physician applies pressure to an area which can either cause tenderness or has the ability to even cause restricted movement when pressed. Problems with myofascial tissue can result in chronic pain of the back and neck, frequent headaches, and reduced mobility. Myofascial pain can be caused by both physical trauma such as a car accident, bad posture, or repetitive movements or by emotional stress.
Myofascial release therapy involves a trained massage therapist or chiropractor locating the trigger points by finding areas that feel stiff or knotted. Because these are trigger points working in the broader network of connective tissue, they may not be where the pain seems to be originating from. However, when these knots are released, it can result in the painful area dissipating. After the massage therapist or chiropractor locates they trigger point, they will apply pressure and manually stretch the affected area until it is back to its normal, pliable state. This release of tightness can reduce tension throughout the entire body.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Myofascial Release Therapy?
Anyone experiencing myofascial pain is usually a good candidate for myofascial release therapy. Myofascial release therapy may also be able to relieve symptoms of frequent headaches, TMJ, and carpal tunnel syndrome. If you are experiencing muscle tightness that causes restricted motion, pain or pressure on joints, or pain involving any soft tissue or muscle, you may find relief with myofascial therapy.
In addition to myofascial release therapy at our East Stroudsburg chiropractor clinic, you might find relief from taking over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen, applying heat and ice to the trigger point, and doing stretches at home to continue moving and loosening the muscle area.
Other Physiotherapy Treatments At Our Wellness Center
With two highly trained, experienced, and educated East Stroudsburg chiropractors at Marshalls Creek, combining myofascial release therapy with chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate musculoskeletal pain and discomfort.
Other physiotherapy treatments that we offer here at Marshalls Creek are ultrasound treatment, electric muscle stimulation, cold laser therapy, massage therapy, Graston technique, corrective exercise, stretching protocols, moist heat application, and other rehabilitation programs to get your body moving at its full capacity.
Contact Marshalls Creek to Learn More!
Our chiropractors and licensed therapists can assess your pain and learn more about your condition in order to provide the best care possible. Our goal is to take care of not only your spine, but your muscles, joints, and entire body. After all, our bodies only work as well as each individual part. Schedule an appointment with the chiropractors and East Stroudsburg massage therapists at Marshalls Creek today!