If you know someone who suffers from a chronic joint condition like arthritis, then you have seen how debilitating that pain can be. Equally, the trauma of a car accident can leave joints stressed and painful to move. Myofascial release therapy is designed to relieve the pressure on joints that have been affected by such things and make it easier to enjoy daily routines.
What Is Myofascial Release Therapy?
Myofascial release therapy works by applying gentle, sustained pressure to the connective tissues (the fascia) surrounding the joints. This type of massage therapy has been effective in easing pain and restoring motion for people who suffer from chronic conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and lupus. This type of therapy can also decrease pain and speed recovery from injuries to the back, knees, shoulders, and other joints.
The science behind myofascial release therapy is that inflammation, surgery, and trauma can cause pressure to build up around the joints. Releasing that pressure makes it easier and less stressful for that joint to function. Myofascial release therapy is performed directly on the skin without machinery and oils or lotions.
This modality has the advantage of being non-invasive and non-addictive, as many pain medications can be.
Training To Become A Myofascial Release Therapist
Effective myofascial release therapy requires knowing exactly where and how much pressure to apply, plus how long to hold that pressure. Training includes learning basic anatomy and the pressure points that are effective in releasing joint pressure. Your education will also include the questions to ask patients about their conditions, so you can determine the best way to treat them.
It All Starts In Class
Sloppy techniques or improper pressure can make clients feel worse than before they came in, which is why it’s very important to be trained well. A good massage therapy school will help you become confident in your abilities and knowledge as well as prepare you for your licensing exam.