Skeletal muscles pains, joints pains, or foot’s tendons’ and ligaments’ pains can be caused by many factors. In cases where anti-inflammatory medicines, analgesics, physical therapy, or even medical intervention are not a solution for relieving from those very hard to bare pains, the treatment of another disease may be the key answer. Myofascial release used to face down pain and to treat the immobility of skeletal muscles, and moreover, it enhances the circulatory function.
What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial release is a method used to treat the myofasciitis, which is a chronic, non-inflammatory, and not progressive musculoskeletal syndrome characterized by muscular immobility, knot formation, muscular weakness, and pains. Myofasciitis attacks the fascia, which is the elastic and thin tissue that covers and supports muscles, skeleton, organs, blood vessels, and nerves.
The pains caused by myofasciitis are localized at the following levels:
The regular treatment is based on injections in the painful areas with analgesics, steroids, and anti-inflammatory substances, in order to relief from the pains.
The harshest form of myofasciitis is the Macrophagic Myofasciitis, which is a rare muscular disorder discovered in the ’40s and which is characterized by small lesions on the muscular tissues caused by the infiltration of macrophages organisms.
Pains appear when the fascia, which normally should be flexible, it gets solid exerting a pressure of more than 2,000 pounds per inch.
Myofascial release method was first depicted in the ’40s, but its modern way to be applied has been described only in the ’60s by Robert Ward, who, alongside with the therapist John Barnes, are considered to be the founders of this method which is widely accepted and applied by alternative therapists.
How Myofascial Release Works?
Myofascial release method is performed on the skin without using any oils, massage creams, or devices and is done so for the therapist to feel the exact area where the fascia is affected and how much pressure to exert in order to release the fascia.
People are very happy with this method, but the American Cancer Society, recommended for patients not to accept myofascial release as a healing method instead of the proven to work ones, arguing that the myofascial method is not very studied and is not backed up scientifically.
In addition, the UK health representatives are of the same opinion. In 2011, the UK’s Advertising Standard Authority received a complaint regarding an advertising for myofascial release in a pamphlet magazine. Upon this complaint, health care services declared that there are no medical proves to backup myofascial release.
On the other hand, there are a bunch of people who praise this method, especially on the Internet, on forums, or on social networks, and the majority of them were cured using this method. Something true might be there, regarding this method, but what’s guaranteed is that myofascial release can do nothing wrong since it is not an invasive method.
Anyway, opt for a good and experienced therapist since this method is involving an exertion of pressure in the painful area and could do some harm if the painful area is located on the spine.
If nothing works for you and you don’t want to seek medical attention, yet, you can try going through a session of myofascial release. And who knows? Myofascial release used to face down pain might work in your case. Anyways, my recommendation is to seek professional help.