Myofascial Release

To release the glue that holds your body together, often too well! Fascia is a blessing and a curse! You can read more about that here. It often adheres to muscles and other structures in the body, limiting muscle movement. Using sustained pressure and pin and stretch techniques, we are able to loosen the adhesions and get the fascia back to a glue-like state.

Myofascial Release Massage Therapy

Myofascial release massage therapy is essential to removing myofascial pain, which is unlike any other. It comes from muscle soreness generated by overly challenging workouts and extraneous activity. This pain can be debilitating, but there are ways to cope with it. At Mantis Massage in Austin, our therapists can help you alleviate this pain with a session of myofascial release massage therapy.

What Causes Myofascial Pain?

Myofascial pain exists in trigger points, which are especially tender. It can cause related pain in other areas of the body, thus causing confusion of where the pain begins. There are several ways to treat this kind of pain, but myofascial release therapy is one of the best options available.

More often than not, myofascial tension and pain stems from tissues that tighten in a way that restricts motion. It can also place the body out of alignment, hence, many parts of the body can be affected. There can also be a lot of pressure throughout trigger points instead of just pain and tension alone. Our therapists here at Mantis Massage in Austin can easily take away this pain within a few sessions of myofascial release massage.

Our myofascial massage therapy also helps in a few other areas affected by myofascial trigger points. The restriction or contraction of blood flow to these areas accentuates the contraction process because of the lack of oxygen and an inability to remove much of the inflammation that occurs, too.

What Does Myofascial Tension Cause?

Many types of common muscular problems are caused by myofascial tension. Some examples of conditions caused by it are as follows: Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder, carpal tunnel syndrome, and some aspects of migraine headaches and fibromyalgia. All of these concerns, and more, can be fixed with myofascial release therapy.

Myofascial release massage therapy is a type of deep tissue massage that targets knots in muscles to reduce chronic tension. Muscle grain is stroked across instead of going with the grain. Fascia, the deep tissue around joints, bones, and muscles, sometimes resist the massage, thus making it difficult to work with, and it can be uncomfortable in the beginning.

Our massage therapists here at Mantis Massage in Austin utilize myofascial release to stretch the points to make them more pliable and elastic. Therefore, this type of deep tissue massage can also add flexibility back to the body. As pain and muscle tension both reduce mobile functionality, it becomes more difficult and more painful for certain exercise moves or certain daily activities to be completed. A great deal of this loss is due to restricted flexibility. Therefore, once it is restored, muscle tension and soreness will decrease all the more.

One of the ultimate benefits of myofascial release massage is the return of blood flow to these trigger points. Blood flow brings much needed oxygen to these tense areas while also removing inflammation, as mentioned earlier. These two occurrences alone can remove pain.

Power of Relaxation

The greatest asset to receiving a myofascial release massage at Mantis Massage is the amount of relaxation it produces over time. The first few sessions may hurt as tension is released on trigger points, but the benefit is less tension and less pain with each session.

Another added benefit is the amount of health improvement gained from routine massage therapy of any kind. Health improves because of the amount of stress that is reduced to the entire body during the massage process.

Regain Bodily Control

Since myofascial release massage therapy improves flexibility, it can also restore range of motion for muscles, too. At the same time, it does not decrease force or action provided by these muscles. Instead, they are improved, too. Without being blocked by painful fascia, muscles can move more freely.

Encourages Lymph Production

Lymph is a major proponent of maintaining the immune system. The lymph system relies on movability to maintain the flow of fluid, so releasing myofascial pain through massage improves the lymph system's ability to move fluid throughout the body and to the heart.