Are you searching the web to finally find relief? Well, if it is myofascial pain relief we got you (re)covered!
Myofascial basically means muscles + connective tissue. Did you know you have over 600 muscles and each of them has its own fascia pocket – a connective tissue that wraps around muscles, nerves, fat, bones, organs, skin, ligaments, blood vessels and separates them from each other? Yet many people are still convinced that myofascial means a facial that you order in a spa.
Myofascial Pain or per your doctor Myofascial Pain Syndrome can be unpleasant and long lasting. It does not respond well to muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatories. Foam rolling can aggravate it even more. Stretching will help only if you know what to stretch. Trust me, pain can play tricks on you and come from an area you don’t even suspect.
That is because of Myofascial Trigger Points. They can be painful to touch, or without touch, just sore all the time. You may have called them ‘knots’ before, but now you know they are trigger points or adhesions. As nerves get entrapped within myofascia you can feel referred pain along the whole nerve route. For example you can have a headache that is coming from a nerve jammed between your stiff neck muscles. You can also feel back pain from trigger points that are in your abs, believe it or not.
So what do you do to end your suffering? – Good old massage.
Myoufascial release is a form of massage to release painful restrictions between muscles and fascia. You see, when you sit 8+ hours a day there is no friction between muscle layers that would naturally happen with movement. So fascia gets tight and muscles adhere to each other leaving your joints to suffer. And nerves that lie deep within become very uncomfortable. Think of a crowded elevator in a summer.
Myofascial Massage Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy or Myofascial Release (MFR) are similar modalities that serve the same purpose if you ask me, but John Barnes, the creator of the latter may disagree. His approach teaches how to apply gentle pressure and patiently hold it for minutes at a time until fascial release happens. Luckily Katie Hopkins – our myofascial specialist can help. She studied MFR and has that patience+touch. If you have the patience to wait to get on her schedule you will experience THE pain relief you were longing for.
The session itself is very relaxing and requires zero effort from you. The pleasant effects are: feeling taller, lighter, looser and freer. Your posture will improve noticeably after a first session, moving around will feel less restricted and pain will start fading away.
Your physician can prescribe massage therapy for myofascial pain relief as a first alternative for diseases of musculoskeletal system and connective tissues, and while health insurance may not cover it you can still use your HSA card in our office.
As always we recommend seeking our attention sooner rather than later because chronic myofascial imbalances can lead to bone spurs, joint dysfunctions and other surgery needing fallouts.