‘Myo’ means muscle
Muscles are the elastic and contractile structure in our body which when contracted and/or relaxed produces movement.
‘Fascia’ means band
Fascia is the connective tissue, existing like a web, surrounding & protecting every tendon, muscle, bone, organ, ligament in our body.
When a body gets affected by internal or external forces, like, stress/tension, trauma/injury or bad posture etc., both the muscle and the fascia gets affected and gets stiff structurally. This could be due to abnormal pull or excess pressure created or scarring over the affected area, causing the myo-fascial network to lose its cushioning mechanism. Sometimes tight muscles tends to develop hyperirritable spot called “trigger point” which can generate pain locally and also refer the pain to other associated areas.
Myofascial restrictions/issues like cervicogenic headaches, piriformis syndrome, low back pain, jaw pain etc. don’t show-up on MRI’s or X-rays or CT scans and patients usually suffer from physical &/or emotional pains due to myo-fascial traumas for a long time. This eventually leads to bony-structural changes as well, if not treated.
With Myofascial Release Therapy we try to establish the same dynamic-corrective movement patterns by releasing the ‘myo’ &/or ‘fascial’ tightness manually (with hands). It’s a skilled technique which is mild on touch, causes minimal to moderate discomfort but helps restoring the normal length-tension relationship of the muscle & the fascia. It is usually supported by increase in blood circulation over the affected area or the entire body (whichever is beneficial for the patient).
Myofascial Release (MFR) Therapy is a medical speciality that is used to relieve muscular shortness and tightness. Unpredictable Injuries can cause a variety of damage which can affect people severely. As a result they suffer not only from pain but also a certain loss of flexibility in the affected area. Hence reduces the overall productivity and efficiency of the patient. MFR therapy is used to resolving these unpleasant symptoms like pain and stiffness in the muscles and other soft tissues.
Who can benefit?
The benefits of MFR therapy extend to a wide range of orthopaedic, neurological and sports injury problems. Below are some of the conditions that can be treated using MFR:
- Chronic back and neck pain
- Breathing problems
- Poor body posture and flexibility
- Headaches, Emotional or psychological stress
- Traumas, Muscle pain and spasms
- Numbness, pins and needles
At AktivOrtho, our physiotherapists use a proven and result-oriented approach to assess and treat patients. The therapist first locates the trigger points in the restricted muscles and fascia. The therapist will then measure the levels of loss of motion and symmetry in the body. The emphasis is then laid on releasing the tight knots with manual pressure resulting in relaxation and increased flexibility of the soft tissues.
The key features of our program include:
A. Hands-on treatment in one of our private therapy rooms.
B. Comprehensive and detailed patient assessment to design Personalised patient treatment plan with effective follow-up and monitoring conducted in a medically-supervised environment.
Progress is measured by the level of improvements in physical abilities and reduction in pain.
The benefits of using our programs include:
- Significant reduction in pain
- Improved joint mobility
- Improved breathing and breathing patterns
- Decrease in muscle spasms and fascial tension
- Decrease in chronic recurring injuries