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Ask Your OSTI Therapist: 5 Things You Need to Know About Myofascial Release

By: Josh Meyers, PT, DPT, OCS

Today, Josh Meyers, PT, DPT, OCS of OSTI's Edgebrook Physical Therapy shares with you the 5 things you need to know about Myofascial Release.   Learn more about this safe and effective hands-on technique that helps to eliminate pain and restore motion.

1) What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release is a gentle, hands-on technique that eliminates pain and restores motion by freeing up restrictions in your body’s fascia. Fascia is a system of connective tissue that attaches, stabilizes, and separates muscles and internal organs. Restrictions in that fascia often cause pain and problems moving. The good news is that when those restrictions are eliminated, patients feel better.

2) How does Myofascial Release differ from massage therapy or other traditional therapies? 

Traditional massage or physical therapy improves pain or mobility by treating muscle tightness or weakness. Myofascial release goes a step further by treating restrictions in the mobility of the fascia that cause pain or restrict muscle performance. If patients have not had success or good resolution of their symptoms with traditional therapy, myofascial release is often that missing component of treatment that helps to resolve symptoms.

3) What to expect from a Myofascial Release treatment?

Treatment sessions are generally very relaxing. Hand pressure is used by a physical therapist to gently apply sustained pressure to release restrictions in fascia. Treatment will often start with an affected area, but progress to cover multiple areas of the body that could be contributing to a patient’s symptoms. Typical sessions last 30 to 60 minutes depending on the severity of fascial restrictions, and many patients see improvement within a few sessions.

4) What are the conditions that would benefit from Myofascial Release treatment?

Restrictions with the mobility of fascia are often present after trauma, inflammation, or surgery and can cause pain or limit the body’s ability to move normally. Elimination of these restrictions with myofascial release helps to (decrease pain and restore mobility).

Since fascia is throughout your entire body, pain can be anywhere. Here are just a few of the conditions that benefit from myofascial release:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Nerve entrapment syndromes (carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel, etc.)
  • Chronic pain that has not responded to traditional therapies or medication
  • Painful scar tissue

5) How can I receive Myofascial Release treatment?

Lori Gulsrud-Neiber, PTJosh Meyers, PT, DPT, OCSMyofascial Release treatment is currently available at our Belvidere Physical Therapy clinic by Lori Gulsrud-Neiber, PT and at our Edgebrook Physical Therapy clinic by Josh Meyers, PT, DPT, OCS. 

To become a patient of either Lori or Josh, have your physician write a prescription for Myofascial Release at either one of these OSTI locations.  For more information, contact Belvidere Physical Therapy at (815)547-4777 or Edgebrook Physical Therapy at (815)977-4095.