Myofascial Release Therapy in Medford & Marlton
If you’ve ever complained about a “knot” in your back or other muscles, you’ve experienced some level of myofascial pain.
Myofascia is a thin yet fibrous and durable connective tissue made of collagen and elastin in a web-like shape. Your myofascial tissues are strong, with a tensile strength of 2,000 pounds, to protect your muscles and bones.
In healthy bodies, myofascial tissue is relaxed and flexible. When exposed to long-term trauma from poor posture or a sudden injury, however, myofascial tissue gets tight and creates trigger points – a.k.a. knots.
Stress or repetitive motions at work can cause your muscles to contract in the same spot – like your shoulders – resulting in myofascial trigger points and pain.
Myofascial release therapy (MFR) offers a natural solution that targets your pain and tension at its source.
What is Myofascial Release Therapy?
MFR is a technique often used in massage, chiropractic, and physical therapy settings to identify stiff trigger points and relieve tension. You may already be familiar with at-home versions of MFR like foam rolling.
Healthy myofascia should feel soft and flexible. When your doctor finds a source of tension, he’ll use gentle manual pressure to stretch and relax the area.
Myofascial trigger points are a funny thing. Many times, the tense knots are nowhere near where you’re experiencing pain. For example, a trigger point in the center of your back may cause pain in your shoulders, arms, or even your chest!
Dr. O’Keefe or Dr. Osenenko at O’Keefe Chiropractic Center have years of experience and are uniquely trained to seek out these tricky pressure points.
Who Should Consider MFR Therapy?
Myofascial release therapy is extremely safe when administered by a trained professional and beneficial for people suffering from several types of tension-related pain.
People with the following symptoms and conditions may find relief from MFR.
- Carpal tunnel
- Sports injuries
- Auto accidents
- Work injuries
- Poor posture
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- General musculoskeletal pain or tension
Comprehensive Myofascial Release Therapy in Medford and Marlton
On your first visit to O’Keefe Chiropractic Center, your doctor will ask thorough questions about your medical history, symptoms, and any recent injuries to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for MFR therapy.
Your doctor will also conduct a comprehensive neurological and orthopedic exam to assess the integrity and function of your spine and central nervous system.
From there, you and your doctor will develop a personalized MFR treatment plan if you’re a viable candidate. Your doctor will use his hands or other specialized tools to gently break up the tense trigger points and reduce associated pain.
You’ll also receive recommendations for home stretching, exercises, and posture to help strengthen different muscle groups and improve your chances of long-term recovery.
Don’t live with pain! Schedule an appointment at O’Keefe Chiropractic Center in Medford or Marlton now by calling 609-654-4299.