Myofascial release is a method of treating back pain that involves relaxing and stretching the muscle membranes surrounding muscles, bones and joints.
The goal of myofascial release is to restore tissue elasticity and flexibility, improve blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, and reduce inflammation and tension.
Myofascial release can be performed by your doctor, and the release elements can also be used by a physical therapist as part of an individual physical therapy program using special devices such as massage rollers, balls, sticks, etc.
The mechanism of action of myofascial release is based on the impact on trigger points - very sensitive areas of the muscle membranes that occur as a result of overuse, injury, stress, or chronic diseases. Trigger points can cause pain not only in the places of their localization, but also in other parts of the body through the nerve connection. Gentle and gradual pressure on the trigger points helps to release them and reduce pain.
Myofascial release can be beneficial for people who suffer from back pain due to various causes, such as:
- herniated disc
- muscle spasm
- postural imbalance
- osteochondrosis, etc.
The method helps to improve the range of motion of the spine, strengthen the muscle corset, reduce tension and prevent further tissue damage. However, myofascial release is not a panacea for all spinal problems and requires an integrated approach to treatment.
The method also has certain contraindications, such as acute inflammation, infection, thrombosis, cancer, etc. Therefore, you should consult your doctor before using the method.