Myofascial release techniques involve individualized hands-on treatment with gentle pressure on identified connective tissue.
The tightening of this tissue, or fascia, can cause pain and limit range of motion. The goal is to relax or release the fascia, which covers ligaments, tendons and muscles throughout the body. The gentle, sustained pressure used in myofascial release allows this layer to soften, lengthen and be restored.
Sore spots, or trigger points, can be identified and targeted with myofascial release techniques. Once identified, these areas can even be self-treated using techniques with a foam roller, for example. This simple tool is used with a rolling motion on the trigger point, reducing tension in the fascia and muscles. It's important to do the rolling exercises properly to ensure maximum benefit and not exacerbate injury. The foam roller can be used to restore function to the following areas:
- Iliotibial Tract or IT Band
- Tensor Fascia Latae
Each and every body experiences and sustains wear and tear differently. As a result, each body should undergo individualized treatment when it comes to treatment and therapy.
If you think you could benefit from myofascial release, see Dr. Urban for an assessment of your pain and a plan for relief. Stop by the office to see the foam roller in person. It's a surprisingly effective tool despite its simplicity in design.