One of the most common treatments for athletes is myofascial release. This hands-on soft tissue treatment and case-management system allows practitioners to diagnosis and treat soft-tissue injuries often found in sports and athletic injuries. Myofascial release combines specific patient movement and precisely directed tension by the provider to break down the pain generating soft tissue adhesions (scar tissue) that are causing abnormal movement patterns and ultimately pain. Scar tissue is a by-product of a soft tissue injury either through a single event (acute) or repetitive motion injury. Myofascial release is designed to accomplish three unique objectives:
- To restore free and impeded motion of all soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerve)
- To re-establish optimal texture, resistance and function of all soft tissues
- To release entrapped nerves, blood vessels and lymphatics
In an acute injury such as pulls, tears, or collisions, the soft tissue is stressed beyond its physiological limits and a tear of the soft tissue occurs. This tear/injury initiates the inflammation repair process and scar tissue is formed.
Repetitive motion injuries
These injuries are the result of a combination of over used soft tissue structures and insufficient rest periods common in workplace injuries or in athletic training. The tissues do not have enough time to recover from the stress of the movement and micro-tearing occurs. Repetitive motion injuries are a result of multiple micro injuries over a period of time causing soft tissue adhesion, inflammation and ultimately pain. The production of dense scar tissue at the site of injury, is the body’s internal protection from further injury. However, if left untreated a loss of function and increased pain will result. This can lead to a decrease in range of motion, strength, function and ultimately an increase in noticeable pain. Symptoms of soft tissue injuries are:
Why is myofascial release treatment different?
Myofascial release, releases and separates the connective tissue adhesions, restores vascular and lymph circulation and increases your range of motion, strength and function. Myofascial release has been especially valuable for workplace injuries or athletic injuries.
More about myofascial release treatment
Each myofascial release treatment session combines an examination of the affected and surrounding structures and an applied treatment to those specific structures. The myofascial release provider will evaluate the quality of the texture and the movement of the injured and surrounding soft tissues. The affected soft tissues are treated by combining specific patient movements, with precise compression and tension by the provider to the soft tissue.