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What Can Myofascial Release Do For You?

Attempting to create a complete list of conditions that can be helped by Myofascial Release is difficult; as such a vast number of conditions can be improved upon with this work. Typically, patients are referred by friends or physicians for conditions that have not been helped by other treatment modalities, medications, or surgeries. They may come with a diagnosis such as back pain or pain of the knee due to arthritis. But the nature of Myofascial Release is to investigate the entire body for the source of the pain. More often than not, the source of the pain may be unrelated to the area where the pain is actually felt.

Pain is not a strength issue; it is a length issue.

Traditional therapies frequently address pain as a lack of strength issue. This includes core strengthening as a means to reduce back pain. What is totally overlooked in this model is the profound tightness in the soft tissue that is pulling your structure out of alignment, creating pain. While many would benefit from overall strength gains, weakness is not the cause of pain.

Let me explain by looking at a few conditions and examples

Back Pain

Most of us have experienced back pain at some point in our lives: Shovel too much snow, lift too heavy of an object, or simply endure a constant pain in the back. You may choose many different paths in order to bring about relief from the pain. Your physician may give us anti-inflammatory medications and you are told to rest. You may go to physical therapy, have a hot pack put on our back, be given a number of exercises, and continue this routine three times a week for six weeks. ;At the end you may feel some relief, unsure whether it was the therapy or time itself that helped. You see your chiropractor, but it seems that relief, if any, only remains if we keep going back for more adjustments. Massage certainly feels good, but did it help the pain in a lasting way? Have any of the people you have seen for back pain looked to the FRONT of your body? So often, the musculature and fascia deep in the front of the low back becomes shortened, through excessive sitting and through overuse. Add onto that any pelvic surgeries or childbirth and the deep musculature becomes shortened to the point where it is pulling the back so far forward that the “real” back muscles go into spasm, creating pain. Treating only the back will seldom get to the source of the pain. Myofascial Release addresses all areas, concentrating on the deep musculature of the front of the back. Take the strain off the low back and the spine can resume its normal place. Myofascial Release returns flexibility to our body after surgery or injury, decreasing or eliminating problems due to scar tissue.

Knee Pain “Due to Arthritis”

Patients often come for treatment of knee pain, with an X-ray report that shows arthritic changes to the knee. Their doctor states that arthritis was the reason for their knee pain. They are usually given medication and told that light exercise might help, but they should get used to the pain and expect surgery somewhere down the road. When the person is evaluated, they invariably have marked tightness of the quadriceps, or thigh muscles, a kneecap that barely moves when it is in it’s most relaxed state, and a pelvis that is out of balance. After Myofascial Release at the Pain Relief Center, the pain usually lessens or disappears. Will the person’s X-ray report change? Of course not! But it is the abnormal tightness of the muscles and fascia that causes constant pressure and irritation to the knee and kneecap, causing pain. The X-ray will continue to show some degenerative changes, but the pain is less or gone. So many people wait years with pain, being told that in a few years they will need to have the knee replaced. Take off the abnormal strain and the knee can function as it was meant to function.

Pelvic Pain or Incontinence

Pelvic pain and dysfunction do not have to be tolerated. A huge disservice is done when urinary leakage is blamed entirely on menopause, childbirth, or simply advancing age. Pelvic pain and dysfunction does not have to be endured. Very often the scar tissue that resulted from a cesarean section, hysterectomy, or other pelvic surgery can cause tightness in the pelvis, creating back or pelvic pain, bowel or bladder changes, painful sex, as well as more far reaching problems. Pain from prostatitis, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, and tail bone difficulties can be treated effectively. These problems can be helped. Myofascial Release at the Pain Relief Center can help you return to the life you deserve.

Foot Pain

Inspiration for this section came from a radio commercial that I heard this morning. A franchise-type shoe orthotics store had a testimonial from a woman who stated that prior to coming to this store for orthotics, she could no longer walk barefoot. After using the orthotics, her pain was gone…but no mention as to whether she was ever able to go barefoot as a result of the orthotics. There are certainly many people who’s foot deformities are severe enough to warrant the need for shoe inserts/orthotics, but in my experience they are many times unnecessary. Orthotics and custom shoes simply support the abnormal posture or tightness of the foot. There is no other therapeutic benefit. While using the orthotic may reduce the pain, why not eliminate the pain? Myofascial Release is a highly effective means of creating lasting changes in tissue length and alignment. Use your feet the way they were intended.

Postural Restoration

Myofascial Release treatment has tremendous potential for improving a person’s state of being, not just from removing a person from a painful state, but to move a person along a path of better posture. Whether due to injury or bad habits, recent or life-long , poor posture can have a negative effect on self-esteem, social interaction, pain, and functional abilities. Utilization of Myofascial Release techniques can alter and improve your physical appearance. A frequent comment from clients who have undergone Myofascial Release treatment is that they feel and look years younger.

Scar Tissue

Scars can play a significant role in pain and dysfunction. Even small scars can have profound and far-reaching effects. But, the effects of scar tissue, even scars that are decades old, can be successfully treated to reduce pain and increase function. If you can picture the soft tissue of your body, which includes the connective tissue or fascia, as a thick sweater. If you reach into a sweater and grab a fist full, the thread contained within your fist can be viewed as the scar. Imagine now the threads of the sweater that are pulled toward your fist. This is the effect that scar tissue can create on your body and the effects are not just local. It is common for the effects, whether it is pain or other types of problems, to reach far beyond the surgical site.

Scar tissue can be successfully treated by using Myofascial Release!

Pediatric Issues

Having spent many years working in Early Intervention, Preschool, and School Aged settings, I am quite familiar with pediatric disorders. When I evaluate a child, I look beyond the labels that have been given to your child. Pediatric developmentally based therapy is a wonderful, time-proven method of helping your child. Myofascial Release can take your child farther. Myofascial Release teaches one to look beyond the diagnosis and look at the whole child. The quality of life of a child with a neurological disorder can improve.

A child with cerebral palsy learns to move with the limitations he has since birth. Struggling to move and walk requires them to pull all of their strength from within, resulting in legs that turn in at the hips, with a pelvis that tips forward, resulting in a large lumbar curve. The child becomes locked into these patterns, muscles and fascia tightening down to accommodate for the weakness. No matter how strong they get, or how much correction they receive, they continue to move with these limitations. Myofascial Release can help unlock potential. Myofascial Release treatment is not intended to replace the pediatric therapies that your child currently receives, but can be a powerful adjunct to it.

Here are a few of the many pain and dysfunction-type disorders that respond well to Myofascial Release:

Fibromyalgia TMJ Problems Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Acute and Chronic Pain Back Pain Sacral/Coccygeal Dysfunction
Incontinence Headaches Scoliosis
Neck Pain Sports Injuries Pelvic and Menstrual Problems
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Unresolved Scar- Tissue Pain Women’s Health Issues/Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Arthritis Disc Problems Eye Pain & Eye Tracking/Reading Problems
Repetitive Strain Injuries Myofascial Pain Syndrome Esophageal Reflux
Post-Surgical Dysfunction Pediatric Disorders Postural Issues
Migraines Restriction of Motion Prostatitis Related Issues
Post Mastectomy/Lumpectomy Scarring and Pain

There is no need to continue suffering. Consider Myofascial Release at the Pain Relief Center.

On my Myofascial Release Research page I’ve listed a number of research publications that have shown the positive influence that Myofascial Release has on postural issues. Improvement in posture is a routine outcome of treatment at the Pain Relief Center. Myofascial Release uses postural changes as part of the information to help determine where and what to treat. The goal is to return the body to a more relaxed state, diminishing pain (if present), and improving posture in the process.

Conditions that can be improved include:

  • Forward head
  • Rounded or uneven shoulders
  • Rounding of the upper back
  • Scoliosis
  • Excessive low back curve
  • Legs that turn in or out

You are never too old to get back the posture you once had

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