Myofascial Release Therapy in Wilmington, DE
What is the fascia?
Without fascia, we would lose our shape and structure, becoming just a pile of bones and organs. Healthy fascia is as important to our health as any other essential part of our body.
How does the fascia become tightened?
The fascia's role is to support and protect. When the body detects trauma, the fascia will tighten to protect the surrounding tissues. This trauma could be in the form of a blunt injury such as a fall, car accident or a surgical incision. Trauma may also be in the form of stress resulting in continual tension in the body and poor posture. Prolonged tension and poor posture can create as much fascial restriction as a physically traumatic event.
How does tightened fascia cause pain and discomfort?
When the fascia is healthy our tissues move and glide freely without restriction or pain. Try imagining the fascia as a loosely woven fabric with all of our tissues moving through this web including blood vessels and nerves. Now, imagine that fabric shrinking and the weave becoming tighter. This shrinking puts pressure on all the tissues including muscles, nerves and blood vessels resulting in pain, discomfort and restricted motion. This tightening of the fascia will continue long after the original injury and will cause poor posture, lack of essential body movement and poor overall health. Fascia is not visible on traditional medical imaging and because of this is often missed as the culprit of pain and dysfuntion.
How does Myofascial Release help?
MFR can be used to treat almost any type of acute or chronic pain included but not limited to: upper, middle or lower back pain, shoulder pain, elbow and wrist pain, neck pain, hip pain, knee and foot pain. If the problem is located in the fascia, a repeated stretching of the muscles is likely to be temporarily effective, if at all. Myofascial release relieves the intense pressure by facilitating the fascia's return to its more natural, fluid and flexible state. This reduction in pressure eases the pain and then allows a more fluid motion of the body.
What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Realse is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure to restricted myofascial connective tissue to eliminate pain and restore motion to the body. Past trauma, inflammation, and/or surgical procedures create myofascial restrictions that can produce a strong, forceful pressure of appoximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures (bodies) that do not show up in many of the standard forms or testing (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)
MFR is a good fit for you if you suffer from:
Migraines and headaches
Whiplash Injury- old and new injuries
Chronic Pain anywhere within the body
TMJ- Jaw Pain
Past Sports Injuries
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Women's Health Issues
The MFR Treatment Session
The use of Myofascial Release is perfect for treating each patient as an individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapies. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, through the enhancement of strength, flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.
BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT
When you arrive you will fill out your medical history, what your goals for treatment are, and disclose any current medications you are taking. Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, most clients/patients are more comfortable wearing a bathing suit, loose fitting work out shorts, tank top, or sports bra. Your therapist will need access to multiple points on your body and traditional massage draping techniques are difficult to employ. Rest assured, you will be covered as much as possible.
THE BEGINNING OF TREATMENT
Your therapist will then show you the treatment room and walk you through the treatment process. The therapist will discuss with you the reason why you’re seeking myofascial release therapy and then perform an in depth postural assessment to help determine your best course of treatment. Myofascial release is much different from traditional massage. At times it may feel as if nothing is happening as it is extremely slow and deliberate work.
Depending on the issues that the session is planned to address, you may begin the session by receiving myofascial release on your face, neck and shoulders, or maybe on your back. No oils or lotions are utilized in myofascial release and we ask that you refrain from applying any lotion the day of your treatment.
DURING YOUR TREATMENT
It’s great if you can let your body relax and sink into the table. During the session your therapist will utilize various techniques including compression, tractioning and stretching, rebounding, and unwinding.
It’s really important for you to tell the therapist if at any point you are in pain. Pain is not okay. There may be a certain level of discomfort and ‘good ache’ if there is work being done in a problem area. Your therapist will check in with you as the session proceeds, but please speak up if you become too warm or too cool, if you are not comfortable on the table, experience any type of pain, need another pillow, or even if you just hate the music.
AFTER THE TREATMENT
You may feel mellow and relaxed after your treatment, or completely energized and ready to take on the world. If pain issues were addressed, you may feel an immediate reduction of pain, or it may take a day or two before you feel relief. Please understand that it is important to drink extra water following treatment to encourage the rehydration of fascial tissue. Some soreness is normal and should subside by the following day.