Genesis Chiropractic - Treatment & Therapies - Myofascial Release Therapy

Salt Lake City, Millcreek & Holladay, Utah

Myofascial Release Therapy

Myofascial Release Therapy is a method of relieving the painful knots found deep inside the fascia, or the band of connective tissue that surrounds muscle and separates the muscle from nearby organs. Myofascial Release Therapy is often incorporated into deep tissue massage.

Dr. Tiffani Fries will apply sustained pressure to those areas to ease the knots and release the fascia from any other restrictions such as scar tissue or adhesions. The procedure is safe, noninvasive and does not involve any medication.

Myofascial Release Therapy can provide significant and long term relief to many chronic pain conditions. If you would like to know more about Myofascial Release or would like to ask Dr. Fries a question, click here.

What Can You Expect from Myofascial Release Therapy?

In Myofascial Release Therapy, pressure is applied to the area for anywhere from 90 to 120 seconds. The pressure might even last longer if longer-term relief is sought. The pressure will go deep into the muscle.

You will most likely need to have several treatments over a few weeks. As the knots release, endorphins are released into your body. The primary function of the endorphins is to help relieve the pain.

What Can Myofascial Release Therapy Help Treat?

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Chronic Headaches and Migraines
  • Back Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Muscle Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia Pain
  • Shoulder Pain

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. The fascia is buried so the pressure that is applied needs to go pretty deep in order to release the knots. Once those knots are released, there is some degree of relief, but overall the procedure can be pretty uncomfortable. The results, however, will be well worth it.

You will need to have the treatments once a week for anywhere from four to twelve weeks depending on what is being treated. It is possible for the relief to be significant for a long period of time.

Side effects from Myofascial Release Therapy may include a bruising sensation, actual bruising, nausea, dizziness, temporary pain flares, and fatigue. On rare occasions, you may experience an infection that will show up a few days after treatment. If the areas where you had the treatment become red, hot, and swollen, you will need to consult your physician to treat the infection. There is also a very rare side effect of chest pain and shortness of breath that can be indicative of a collapsed lung which is also known as a pneumothorax. While this is extremely rare, if you experience chest pain and shortness of breath, you should seek medical attention at an Emergency Room as soon as possible.

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Interested in Myofascial Release Therapy? Reach out to Dr. Tiffani Fries and Genesis Chiropractic to request information or an appointment!

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