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Myofascial Release FAQs with our Birmingham Chiropractor

Chiropractor adjusting a patients back

If you've been dealing with any type of chronic pain that's defying a diagnosis, you may be interested in exploring the option of myofascial release treatment. We offer this as part of a comprehensive chiropractic treatment plan to all of our Birmingham AL patients, and the following are the answers to some common questions about the therapy. 

What Is Myofascial Release Therapy?

Myofascial release therapy is a technique our chiropractor may use to relieve symptoms of myofascial pain. It is directed at removing the stress on the myofascial tissue that protects and provides support for your bones and muscles. Pressure or stress on this type of soft tissue often doesn’t show up on x-rays or other types of scans, but it can produce pain nonetheless, and myofascial therapy is designed to target the source of that pain.

The treatment itself involves the application of gentle but continuous pressure on the affected area, which gradually stretches the tissues, enabling them to move freely again. This, in turn, returns a range of motion to associated structures and joints, and it eliminates the pain caused by the pressure of the tighter sections of the fascia.

What Conditions Is Myofascial Release Used to Treat?

Myofascial release can be used to treat any number of conditions that involve sore, stiff joints, or any other type of soft tissue injury. It’s often combined with other types of chiropractic care to help relieve symptoms and restore function at the same time. Although chiropractors are often thought of as only treating back pain, this technique can be used on any number of other joints in the body including the hip, shoulder, and knee. 

Myofascial release is often used to treat injuries resulting from a car accident or other sudden traumatic event. It can also be utilized as part of a treatment plan for conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, Temporo-Mandibular Joint disorder (TMJ), migraines, and more.

How Long Does the Treatment Take?

The number of myofascial release treatment sessions you will need, and how frequently you will receive them, will depend on your particular situation and the nature of your condition. Our chiropractor will discuss all of this with you to help arrive at the best possible arrangement to accommodate your schedule while getting you the relief and the results you need.

What Should I Expect after a Session?

You may experience some increased soreness after a session, and this can last for up to three days. This is due in part to the presence of metabolic wastes that are released into your system during the treatment. Making sure you drink plenty of water to facilitate the flushing out of those waste materials is a good way to mitigate this effect.

To learn more about the services we offer or to schedule an appointment, call our Birmingham AL offices today at (205) 854-3008.