There are various forms of modalities for myofascial release, but let's first review what it is and the treatment options
Myofascial release is a physical rehab modality that allows the fascia between muscles, tendons, ligaments, and even nerve sheaths glide independently. One way to understand this concept is imagining two pieces of raw chicken and the "slimeyness" on the surface. This is what allows two pieces of chicken when placed on top of each other to slide off. In essence our muscle are lined with this same "slimey" coating known as fascia. In injuries of overuse you may find that the fascia becomes stuck to surrounding fascia via scar tissue. Scar tissue is a very tacky type of material and will hold down fascia in particular areas, also known as, adhesions. Myofascial release is a technique that breaks up the fascia and the surrounding scar tissue to promote independent gliding and removal of range of motion restriction.
Types of myofascial release techniques include:
Active Release Technique®
Graston® (IASTM- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)
What is Active Release Technique®?
At an Active Release Technique® office you will notice the care you receive from your provider isn't the traditional chiropractic treatment. After all, muscles move bones- if your muscles are not working properly chances are your joints are out of alignment also.
By functionally assessing the motion of the major joints of the body I can determine what areas have an issue of mobility VS. stability and design a treatment plan customized to your body.
When receiving care, patients should expect a hands-on experience. Active Release Technique® chiropractors are specially trained to feel muscle tension and scar tissue. Scar tissue is the main cause of pain in a majority of the injuries we see. Each session of Active Release Technique® consists of a mini re-evaluation of the symptoms as well as a treatment. As stated before, an Active Release Technique® provider can feel abnormal texture within the soft tissues and can effectively treat it with a specific Active Release Technique® therapy protocol. These protocols are unique only to Active Release Technique®.
Each session can take between 15- 30 minutes (give or take depending on the condition) and followed with another therapy modality or movement exercises targeted at keeping results longer. Many different types of injuries can be completely resolved after about 4-6 treatments, as opposed to the 25 or 30 treatments required at other traditional treatment offices. Although many patients may feel great at this point in their treatment, we strongly encourage them to continue with their rehabilitation and strengthening programs. Exercise is what will keep the long-term results from our treatment.