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Myofascial Release Therapy Can Alleviate Neck And Back Pain

Logan Steward

If you've ever experienced neck or back pain, you know how debilitating it can be. It can make even simple tasks like sitting at a desk or driving a car uncomfortable. However, massage therapy can help alleviate neck and back pain.

Treating Neck and Back Pain

Poor posture, muscle strain, injury, and degenerative conditions like arthritis cause neck and back pain. Fortunately, many ways to alleviate neck and back pain include massage therapy. Massage therapy involves manipulating the soft tissues and also acts to break up scar tissue to help relieve pain.

With neck and back pain, massage therapy increases blood flow. It allows these areas of the body to heal, reducing pain and inflammation. One practical approach, in particular, is myofascial release therapy.

How Myofascial Release Therapy Works

Myofascial release therapy is a form of treatment that targets the myofascial tissues in your body. These tissues are thick and connective, supporting your muscles throughout your entire body. These tissues become stiff due to the following: 

  • Trauma
  • Inflammation
  • Scarring
  • Repetitive stress

All of this can cause myofascial pain, which is where myofascial release therapy comes in.

How Myofascial Release Therapy Works

Myofascial release therapy aims to restore the flexibility and movement of your fascia by applying gentle pressure and stretching to the affected areas, helping improve your:

  • Range of motion
  • Circulation
  • Relaxation
  • Recovery 

The treatment is generally pain-free and non-invasive when relieving muscle pain and tightness.

The Therapy Session

During a myofascial release therapy session, the therapist will use various techniques to stretch and apply pressure to your fascia, including:

  • Hands-on massage
  • Foam rolling
  • Specialized tools to target specific areas of your body

The therapist identifies areas where you feel pain and tailors the treatment to your needs.

Benefits of Myofascial Release Therapy

Many people find that myofascial release therapy reduces pain and improves their quality of life. It can be especially beneficial for athletes or those who engage in repetitive movements, as it can help prevent injury, improve performance, and anyone experiencing neck or back pain. 

If you are experiencing myofascial pain or tightness, consider myofascial release therapy as a treatment option. It's a gentle, non-invasive approach. Massage therapy, in general, can be highly effective for treating neck and back pain. If you're experiencing discomfort in these areas, consider consulting with a licensed massage therapist to discuss your options. You can alleviate pain with the right treatment plan, and your life can return to normal.

For more information on why you should book myofascial release therapy, contact a professional near you.


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