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At Gremmels Chiropractic Center, Inc. in Birmingham, our staff works with hundreds of people every year struggling with pain and dysfunction in their day-to-day lives. One technique that we utilize within our clinic is a non-invasive, all natural, safe, and effective type of therapy known as myofascial release.
To understand this healing technique, first it's important to understand a little bit about the human anatomy. Your body contains dense supportive tissue known as myofascia (also known simply as fascia). This strong and flexible tissue acts a protective cover over the bones, muscles, and other tissues within your musculoskeletal system. Properly functioning myofascia permits normal, pain-free movement and is relatively pliable.
Sometimes, due to factors such as stress, poor posture, or trauma, a person's myofascial tissue can become irritated. This condition, known as myofascial pain syndrome, causes significant tension within the tissue and can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms including pain, headaches, muscle spasms, breathing problems, and numbness or tingling.
Myofascial release is a manual technique performed by a licensed healthcare professional, such as a chiropractor, with the chief aim of releasing tension over specific trigger point areas within myofascial tissue. The technique involves gentle sustained pressure via massage and stretching over tight areas until the tension in the trigger point area releases.
People with myofascial pain syndrome, headaches, and other forms of chronic pain tend to benefit from myofascial release. It can be a very safe and effective way to relieve pain and improve flexibility within the spine and other joints. Myofascial release can also help to reduce stress, chronic inflammation, numbness, and other symptoms.
Beneficial effects of myofascial release are further enhanced when provided in conjunction with other aspects of chiropractic care. In addition to specializing in myofascial release therapy, our Birmingham chiropractors are also highly skilled in holistic healing techniques including:
Spinal adjustments, which help to "reset" the central nervous system and restore normal energy flow within the body
Corrective exercises and stretching to help improve strength, flexibility, and endurance of important postural muscles
Lifestyle counseling, to assist patients with learning more effective strategies for stress management, body mechanics, and nutrition
Before initiating any plan of care, our staff will take the time needed to thoroughly review your past medical history and examine your "whole person" health. This helps to determine the best course of treatment for you and identify any potential underlying causes to your health condition that may need to be addressed.
Our Birmingham chiropractor team at Gremmels Chiropractic Center, Inc., have been serving people from the communities of Birmingham, Centerpoint, Trussville, Gardendale, Mountain Brook, and Fultondale since 1982. We're committed to providing affordable, high quality, drug-free, and holistic healing techniques to help you recover from illness and revitalize your health. To learn more about myofascial release and our other services, or to schedule your FREE consultation, call us now at (205) 854-3008.