Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a gentle blend of massage and stretching using traction, pressure and positioning of the body to initiate relaxation of muscle spasms and break painful adhesions in the fascia.  Our Chiropractic Physicians and massage therapists may use this technique to ease pressure in the fibrous bands of connective tissue (fascia) that encase and connect muscles, organs, vessels, bones, cartilage and nerves throughout the body.Injury and scarring of the fascia is a major cause of pain and improper motion and can lead to long term consequences.  Myofascial release is used for many conditions and for people of all ages. There are various myofascial release techniques that we may use including but not limited to:

  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
  • Pin and Stretch
  • Trigger Point Release
  • Foam Rolling and more…

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, or IASTM, involves the use of various instruments to assist in the process of myofascial release.  This approach to soft tissue work reduces friction and allows for increased precision, sentivity and depth that often cannot be accomplished with the hands, elbows, etc.  By using such tools we can often detect and treat soft tissue abnormalities that the clinician alone cannot detect.  The tools used with IASTM magnify abnormalities such as scar tissue and adhesions and make them easier to treat, making for a more efficient and longer lasting treatment.  One of the goals of IASTM is to trigger an inflammatory response that stimulates the healing process and make for a less painful, speedier and more functional recovery.

Benefits of IASTM

  • Significantly decreases overall treatment time
  • Allows for faster recovery
  • Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Can resolve chronic conditions thought to be permanent
  • Helps clients continue to engage in normal activities throughout treatment

Common Issues Treated:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medicial Epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis/Problems
  • Knee Pain/Conditions (IT Band Syndrome, Jumper’s Knee, Patellofemoral Syndrome, etc)
  • Shin Splints
  • Trigger Finger
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • And More…