Movement without pain is contingent upon tissue that’s free from tension or stiffness, which is where myofascial massage comes in. This massage therapy targets your connective tissue to improve its elasticity and mobility, allowing you to move about freely again. Dr. Dennis Miller performs myofascial massages at Dennis Miller, DC, his chiropractic practice in Austin, Texas, that relieve pain and restore function. Call or book an appointment online to learn more.
What is myofascial massage?
Myofascial massage, or myofascial release therapy, is a massage that targets the connective tissue in your body, releasing fascial adhesions in your fat and muscles, while restoring mobility to your tissue. Myofascial massage is designed to relieve localized pain by focusing on the trigger points in your body causing the pain and immobility. These trigger points lie in your myofascial tissue.
What is myofascial tissue?
Myofascial tissue are the membranes that connect and support your muscles. When functioning properly, these membranes are soft and elastic, working with your muscles for maximum performance and mobility. When these membranes tighten or become stiff, they work against your muscles, causing pain and decreased movement.
What happens during a myofascial massage?
When performing a myofascial massage, Dr. Miller first finds where your connective tissue feels tight and concentrates on those areas. Once located, Dr. Miller performs the following:
- Finds the trigger point
- Focuses manual pressure to release fascial adhesions
- Stretches the area to loosen the tissue
- Repeats the massage and stretching until the tension is released
Dr. Miller has extensive experience in performing myofascial massages, and he has a clear understanding of which trigger points work best for the release of tension.
What conditions does myofascial massage treat?
Dr. Miller uses myofascial massage to alleviate immediate symptoms of pain and immobility that accompany many conditions, such as:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Venous insufficiency (blood pooling in your legs)
Dr. Miller often turns to this type of massage in conjunction with other chiropractic care, such as spinal adjustments.
Are there any risks with myofascial massage?
Since myofascial massage is noninvasive, the treatment carries few risks. In some cases, however, this type of massage shouldn’t be used, such as:
- Open wounds or burns
- Broken bones
- Weakened bones
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Anyone taking blood thinners
Before performing any myofascial release therapy, Dr. Miller sits down with you to review your symptoms, your current medical condition, and your medical history to determine whether this therapy is right for you.
To learn more about myofascial massage, call Dennis Miller, DC, or schedule an appointment using the easy online booking tool.