Myofascial Release Therapy in Hopkins
Wellspring Health Center physical therapists have specialized training in several myofascial release techniques in Hopkins. Patients with acute or chronic pain or loss of motion from injuries, surgery, bad posture, repetitive stress conditions or trauma have found myofascial release beneficial. Fascia is the thin layer of connective tissue that covers and supports the muscles and inner organs of the body. When fascia fixates or knots up, motion is restricted and pain often results. Myofascial release techniques work to unwind the body's fascia, freeing fixations.
"The myofascial release techniques had an immediate, beneficial effect -- not only helping my ankle and foot, but breaking up adhesions around my right shoulder that have plagued me for the past nine years. My body was entirely alert during treatment, and fully aware of the "unwinding" effect of systemic myofascial release." Carol P.
Wellspring physical therapists have specialized training in joint mobilization techniques for the safest, and most effective treatment of restricted joints and soft tissues. The techniques used at Wellspring are safe and gentle for patients of all ages from kids to seniors and pregnant women.
"I have suffered with arthritis pain in my neck and lower back for years. I tried traditional physical therapy which consisted of stretches and exercises with no lasting relief. My neighbor told me about the unique "hands-on" therapies they used at Wellspring. The combination of joint mobilization and myofascial release has made me feel like a new person! My neck and lower back feel 10 years younger. I can bend and turn my body without pain. I would tell anyone suffering with pain to see the physical therapists at Wellspring." Connie M.
Manual Therapy & Soft Tissue Mobilization
At Wellspring, our advanced physical therapy treatments may include soft tissue mobilization, various connective tissue techniques, myofascial release, craniosacral techniques, mobilization of joints, joint manipulation, mobilization of neural tissue, and strain and counterstrain techniques.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does insurance pay for Myofascial Release, Joint Mobilization or Manual Therapy?
Yes, manual therapies including myofascial release and joint mobilization are covered as part of your physical therapy benefits, if medically indicated. Our staff will assist you in verifying your physical therapy benefits. A physical therapy prescription and diagnosis are needed in order to receive these therapies at Wellspring. You may bring a physical therapy prescription from your own physician or schedule a consultation with the medical provider at Wellspring. A financial consultation including insurance benefits is reviewed with all patients prior to the start of any treatment.
What is Myofascial Tissue?
Fascia is a web of connective tissue that covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures in our bodies. Fascia surrounds the muscles like a protective sleeve. Think of an orange. Under the orange peel is the pith, the white fiber netting. Beyond the pith is the membrane that give the orange slices their shape, and even deeper is a thinner membrane that forms the tiny individual pulp. All of this internal material - the netting and the membranes - is much like the fascia in the human body. "Myofascial" tissue is the combination of the muscle and fascia.
How do Myofascial Restrictions cause health problems?
In its healthiest state, fascia is elastic and flexible, providing lubrication between structures, allowing muscles to glide freely, and even contributing to metabolic processes and nerve function. But when the fascia tightens or becomes restricted in its range of motion, muscles also become shortened and restricted. Movement is impeded, posture is compromised, and the many systems fascia supports start to falter. Over time, as the body tries to compensate for the imbalances, the restricted tissues can release a cascade of other problems. Spinal joints, nerves, and organs can't function at optimum levels and symptoms like pain, tightness, fatigue, headaches, and digestive problems occur.
How does the fascia get restricted?
Lack of use or habitually limited range of motion can contribute to fascial tightening. Injuries, stress, repetitive movements, poor posture, auto accidents, work or sports injuries and surgical procedures can cause deep restrictions and knots to form in the myofascial. These knotted myofascial areas, referred to as trigger points, are hypersensitive and can cause painful, debilitating symptoms to develop. Myofascial Trigger Points are a frequently overlooked and misunderstood source of musculoskeletal pain. According to a study of patients seeking medical intervention for pain, Myofascial Trigger Points were present as much as 93% of the time. At Wellspring Health Center, our therapists have the training and knowledge to identify myofascial restrictions and trigger points, and the ability to treat them effectively.
How do I know if I need Myofascial Release, Joint Mobilization or Manual Therapy?
If you are affected by pain, reduced range of motion, stiffness, radiating pain, tingling or numbness, headaches, poor posture, chronic neck or back pain, difficulty sleeping, fibromyalgia, have a history of injuries such as an auto accident, fall or sports injury, are recovering from surgery or trauma of any kind, you may be an excellent candidate for one or all of these therapies.
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