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FAQs About Myofascial Release Therapeutic Massage

Most people have muscle pain from time to time. But myofascial pain is a kind of ongoing or longer-lasting pain that can affect the connective tissue, or fascia, of a group of muscles. With myofascial pain, there are areas called trigger points. Trigger points are usually in fascia or in a tight muscle.

The main symptom of myofascial pain syndrome is ongoing or longer-lasting muscle pain, in areas such as the low back, neck, shoulders, and chest. You might feel the pain or the pain may get worse when you press on a trigger point. The muscle may be swollen or hard—you may hear it called a “taut band” of muscle or “knot” in the muscle. Other symptoms of myofascial pain may include: a muscle that is sensitive or tender when touched, reduced range of motion in the affected area, or a feeling of weakness in the affected muscle.

When there fascia become tightened and painful, myofascial massage can help loosen the fascia and release your muscles and joints from restrictive and often painful positions. Conditions that may respond well to a Myofascial release include, back pain, whiplash, disc problems, postural irregularities, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, and arthritis.

Is there a consultation process?
Yes.  If you have a computer, you can contact us on our website prior to your first appointment to gain specific information about your meeting. During your first appointment, your physical therapist will conduct a physical exam and talk to you about your medical history, including your aches and pains, allergies etc.  We will chat about all your potential treatment options. If you are a candidate for myofascial release, your therapist will help you fully understand the myofascial massage treatment and establish any areas that will require additional treatment.  Together you will decide on a treatment plan.

What will happen during the treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. During a massage your body releases toxins. This process can mean that your body temperature can change at any time, so please do say if you become cold. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, he or she will either move you or will ask you to move as necessary. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.

Sounds great! Under what circumstances am I not eligible for a myofascial  massage?
There are a few conditions that are not suitable for treatment with myofascial massage. If you are currently undergoing cancer treatment, have open wounds, have had a recent fracture or severe osteoporosis, have hypermobile joints, suffer from acute circulatory conditions, are undergoing anti-coagulant therapy, have advanced diabetes, or another unsuitable condition this treatment is not recommended. However, there may be plenty of other therapies we can recommend that would help improve your condition.

How will I feel after a myofascial massage?
You may feel tired or relaxed after your myofascial massage, however, most people experience an immediate feeling of relief.  Aches and pains are common for for around 24 hours after your treatment as the body flushes the toxins that have been released out.  In order to speed this process along, drink lots of water after your massage.

If you have any questions about this treatment, do not hesitate to talk with your therapist. You should always consult with your primary care physician before starting a new treatment regimen.

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