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Myofascial Release Therapy Can Reduce Chronic Pain by Magda Durante

The skyrocketing rate of opiate addiction is national news these days, as short term use of pain medication ends up becoming a long-term problem. Rather than addressing the causes of pain— underlying inflammation, poor movement patterns or injury—the pain often gets covered up by addressing just the symptoms so we can continue with our daily activities. However, when the cause of pain is ignored, symptoms become stronger and more insistent.

One approach that is garnering increased attention in the scientific community in addressing the causes of chronic pain is myofascial release therapy. Myofascial release therapy consists of gentle manual application of sustained pressure to release tissue that may be trapping muscles and other tissues.

Fascia is a web of connective tissue found throughout the body, covering muscles and other soft tissue. Trauma, injury, bad posture or inflammation can cause the fascia to knit together, resulting in excessive pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels and even organs. The adhered tissue also can manifest as ‘trigger points’, which usually are extremely sensitive to the touch. The restriction or contraction inhibits blood flow to the affected structures, causing further contraction. Most standard tests such as x-rays, myelograms, cat scans and electromyography don’t reveal fascial restrictions.

As a precursor and complement to other treatments, the slow, sustained, gentle pressure of human touch of myofascial release causes soft tissues such as fascia to elongate and return to their normal state. The therapist detects fascial restrictions and applies sustained pressure to facilitate its release. Progress is gauged by the level of increased motion or function experienced and/or decrease in pain felt by the patient.

Each myofascial release treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery to enable the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.

Licensed Massage Therapist Magda Durante has offered Myofascial Release Therapy for over fifteen years and recently has founded SoulHand Bodywork in Valley Cottage. Contact her today at 535-1160 for a free consultation to see if myofascial therapy may benefit you. For more information, visit SoulHandBodywork.com.

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