Dr. Carey Dachman on Myofascial Release

April 20, 2011

by Dr. Carey Dachman

As a pain management physician and Medical Director of Pain Therapy Associates, I diagnose and treat patients suffering from back and neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, migraines, and dozens of other conditions. A fully equipped medical office and lab, Pain Therapy Associates maintains all the necessary equipment to perform a variety of procedures, among them EMG testing, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release. The latter treatment method, myofascial release, uses soft tissue therapy to heal damaged musculoskeletal, nervous, and lymphatic systems.

Myofascial release focuses therapeutic treatment on the body’s fascia, or the soft tissue protectively wrapped around muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. Part of the connective tissues, the fascia can become damaged by overuse, trauma, infection, or inactivity. A patient with inflamed fascia may feel pain or muscle tension or experience diminished blood flow. While myofascial release targets the fascia layer, other parts of the body, including other types of connective tissues, may respond to the therapy as well.

Direct myofascial release requires practitioners to apply constant force to the fascia until it relaxes. To do this, they might use their knuckles, elbows, or specialized instruments against the patient’s affected areas, stretching out the restricted fascia. The physician or therapist conducts the treatment without oils or lotions so he or she can properly work down into the deep tissues and identify inhibited areas in the fascia, applying the necessary amount of sustained pressure. An indirect myofascial release requires the practitioner to apply a lesser amount of pressure, which results in the fascia tissues gently relaxing and consequently allowing blood flow back to damaged areas.

Read more about the services offered by Pain Therapy Associates online at www.painhelp.com.


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