The TOP 9 Conditions for Myofascial Release

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Many people live with painful chronic conditions day in and day out when they don’t have to. There’s a wonderful massage modality called Myofascial Release, that can help unlock years of pain-ridden fascia in the body!

  • How Myofascial Release helps Plantar Fasciitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Responds Well to Myofascial Release
  • Myofascial Release Stops Pain from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Kyphosis (Forward Head Posture) Needs Myofascial Release
  • Myofascial Release Thaws Frozen Shoulder
  • Myofascial Release Relaxes TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction)
  • Fade Scars Faster With Myofascial Release
  • Myofascial Release Unlocks Pelvic Pain
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease Disappears With Myofascial Release

If you have ever wondered what conditions Myofascial Release is used for, then you are in the right place! Let’s dig in to see if Myofascial Release can help your pain.

How Myofascial Release Helps Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a very painful condition that can happen to the feet. It usually feels like a knife stab in and around the heel of the foot. I have personally suffered with this a few times, and believe me, it’s no fun. However, I was able to heal from my plantar fasciitis faster than others I know. This is because I knew how to administer myofascial release to myself to promote faster healing of the pain.

Many will focus on the bottom of the foot to address the pain that comes from plantar fasciitis. This is the wrong area to focus on. Applying myofascial release to the calf and ankle (Achilles tendon) of the affected leg is the best and fastest way to eliminate plantar fasciitis.

Typically, these tissues are the culprits behind plantar fasciitis. If you feel these tissues when you are having symptoms of plantar fasciitis, you will notice that they feel taught, tense, and have painful trigger points. Releasing the fascia of the leg will stop pulling on the fascia of the foot, thus stopping the inflammation that causes the pain of plantar fasciitis.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Responds Well to Myofascial Release

If you notice carpal tunnel syndrome develops over a period of time when you have been doing an action or posture for long periods of time. This is an indication that it’s not really a problem of muscle tension but rather of the fascia. Fascia is moldable but doesn’t respond as fast as muscle tissue. It takes a little more time for the fascia to take on the new form you show it.

Regular myofascial release performed on the carpal tunnel and forearm flexors will gradually diminish the pain from carpal tunnel syndrome.

Many people resort to surgery without first trying carpal tunnel myofascial release. Attacking the restricted fascia of the carpal tunnel with a scalpel is like removing your eyeballs because your vision is blurry. It’s a little extreme and illogical. Myofascial release for carpal tunnel syndrome works because it addresses the problem at its source.

Myofascial Release Stops Pain from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition when the nerves of the front part of the neck, pecs, and shoulder become compressed by the surrounding tissues and cause numbness, tingling, and pain to occur in the shoulder and down the affected arm.

Myofascial release is particularly beneficial for this condition because it releases the constriction of the fascia of this area, thus freeing the constriction of the brachial plexus nerve bundle and the subclavian vein.

Kyphosis (Forward Head Posture) Needs Myofascial Release

Humpback, text neck, tech neck—whatever you want to call it, it’s essentially all the same problem. Our routine way of life and lack of self-care are causing symptoms of kyphosis in many people. This is a progressive condition. The more we keep our body in misalignment, the more it adapts and displays spinal distortions.

It may or may not be accompanied by physical pain, but whether it does or not, it most certainly comes with emotional pain because we feel insecure about our appearance.

Using myofascial release to release the fascia of the anterior body, particularly the abdominals, pecs, scalene’s, SCM, anterior deltoids, and the serratus anterior, will help free the spine to come back to its center of gravity.

Myofascial Release Thaws Frozen Shoulder

Prolonged pronation and overuse injuries of the shoulder can cause the fascia of the shoulder capsule to become stiff and immobile. When this happens, it will continuously cause immobility in the shoulder. This can cause you to reduce your use of the shoulder capsule. This allows the fascia inside the shoulder joint to become immobile and cause irritation if you attempt to use it.

Myofascial release is done on the connective tissue of the shoulder; the pecs, serratus anterior, and lats will help free the fascial band that has been pulling and causing restricted movement and irritation of the shoulder joint.

Myofascial Release Relaxes TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction)

TMJ is often associated with chronic stress, causing physical tension manifestations in the jaw and temples. This is a very painful condition that, with the right approach, can be completely eliminated. Using a myofascial release along with reducing stress and introducing alternative coping mechanisms is an appropriate approach for TMJ.

Clinching the teeth due to stress causes the fascia of the face, scalp, and neck to become chronically tight. This causes a misalignment of the temporomandibular joint that leads to irritation of the connective tissue in this area. Myofascial release focused on the face, scalp, and neck will give the greatest and fastest relief.

Fade Scars Faster With Myofascial Release

The sooner you start applying myofascial release to a scar, the sooner it will fade. Starting myofascial release as soon as the injury heals will be your best bet for having little to no scar at all. This is because the body always wants to heal us as fast as possible so we can get back to business.

The body lays down scar tissue at a rapid rate when an injury occurs, trying to heal as fast as possible. However, it doesn’t lay it down in even layers but in uneven layers that can appear like a bumpy scar that can even develop their own myofascial trigger points that are painful.

Sticking to a regular schedule of myofascial release for scar tissue will yield a much better-looking and feeling scar.

Myofascial Release Unlocks Pelvic Pain

Some may not be aware that the internal tissues of the pelvis can be affected by tight fascia and develop immobility and myofascial trigger points. This can cause problems such as symptoms of an UTI, pain with sex, pain with defecation, increased pain from menstruation, etc.

Utilizing myofascial release with a myofascial pelvic wand (Amazon link) as well as on the inner thighs, iliopsoas, and hips can greatly reduce the symptoms associated with chronic pelvic pain.

Osgood Schlatter Disease Disappears With Myofascial Release

This usually happens in growing, active children. It’s extremely painful and can reduce the activity this child is able to engage in. Osgood Schlatter happens when the femur is growing while the quad remains tight, thus pulling at the attachment site of the tibial tuberosity.

I learned from an Osteopath who taught a portion of my classes at Massage School that regularly increasing the length of the quads with myofascial release was crucial to stopping the irritation of the tendon. Releasing the restricted fascia of the quadricepses will allow proper movement without pain to occur.

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I've been practicing Massage Therapy since 2014. I'm a health and wellness enthusiast. I'm always learning and experimenting with different techniques, recipes, and healing modalities. I believe that we need to approach health and wellness from a WHOLE-listic point of view and understand that it will constantly be changing and is never stagnant. We are all unique and what works for one person will not necessarily work for another person. As I grow, change, and experiment I will share what I have learned as it may help someone else in need.

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