Fascia is the fibrous connective tissue that surrounds muscles, organ systems, and nerves. The understanding of this system has come a long way in recent years as researchers are now discovering its vast influence on our health.
Some research suggests it may play an important role in back pain treatment. One type of therapy which utilizes the fascia is called myofascial release (MFR).
Myofascial release is a hands-on chiropractic approach that evaluates and treats pain while restoring the range of motion, which involves muscles and connective tissues, commonly known as fascia. This helps to hold your whole body together.
Fascia or connective tissues is responsible for connecting all your organs, tissues, and muscles alongside your heart, blood vessels, spine, and lungs. When you’re in good health, your fascia will be relaxed, allowing it to stretch and move without restrictions. Meanwhile, when you have scarring, inflammation, or trauma, the fascia loses its pliability.
At Prime Health and Wellness, we always conduct a thorough new patient evaluation of each patient first, including looking at the posture, ability to twist, turn, bend, and generally move. We’ll then identify the specific movements that cause elevated pain and discomfort. Our team of experts will then use their hands to find any tender areas, elongating and stretching the fascia and other involved muscles, causing them to release—restoring their flexibility and range of motion.
After receiving myofascial release or treatment, most patients would experience immediate relief. The 24-hour period following a treatment is when the body goes through some of the most significant changes. It’s not just because you’re feeling pain, it’s also because your body is releasing all those toxins that were released by the technique and making sure they don’t stay in your system.
Remember that progress in recovery has its ups and downs as your body adapts to the adjustments and heals. However, as time passes, your brain and nervous system will gradually recognize your adjusted posture and muscle tone as “normal,” improving movement, strength, flexibility, posture, and vitality over time.