What is Myofascial Release & How Does it Work?

Myofascial release therapy (MFR) is a type of manual therapy that targets muscles that have constrained, shortened, or tightened. Specifically, MFR seeks to recondition the membranes and fibers that connect, support, and protect your muscles. Further departing from other massage techniques, MFR targets “trigger points”, or areas on the neck, back, and shoulders from where the pain originates. However, a licensed massage therapist will locate stubborn myofascial areas that need release, applying gentle force to the affected area and targeting the trigger points rather than solely the point of pain. More specifically, your massage therapist will apply manual stretching and pressure to work out any stiffness and resistance in your myofascial fibers, enabling myofascial fibers to relax, flex, and stretch. While similar to some massage techniques, MFR uniquely separates itself from other massage techniques by focusing on reinvigorating the stiffened muscle fibers that function best when relaxed and malleable. Unsure if myofascial release therapy is right for you? Get in touch now to discuss your condition, or continue reading to learn more about MFR and other chiropractic adjustment services offered through Leader Heights.


Which Types of Pain are Recommended for MFR Therapy?

While myofascial pain can stem from and terminate in numerous areas of the spine, shoulders, back, and extremities, there are common problemed areas of the back that many patients experience, including, but not limited to:

  • Back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Whiplash
  • Disc problems/sciatica
  • Headaches, migraines, and other facial pain
  • Post-surgical scarring
  • Jaw pain (TMJD)
  • Other case-specific symptoms to be treated by a licensed chiropractor (DC)

If you are experiencing these or any other symptoms you believe to be linked to myofascial pain, get in touch with one of our experienced and licensed massage therapists or chiropractors to begin constructing a path to a pain-free life today.


Is Myofascial Release Therapy Safe?

As with all other chiropractic and massage therapy techniques practiced at Leader Heights, myofascial release is an extremely safe, effective, restorative, and rejuvenative process. Our licensed massage therapists are well-trained in the art of MFR therapy, and are attuned to their patients’ individual needs. Each patient receiving MFR therapy is individually diagnosed, and an equally individualized plan is discussed and constructed by you and your chiropractor or licensed massage therapist. If you feel you’re ready to begin you MFR therapy and get back on the road to optimal spinal health, contact Leader Heights Spine, Joint, & Nerve Associates today.