(including Trigger Point, Myofascial Release and Positional Release Techniques)
For more than any other reason, pain takes people to a physician or other healthcare provider, for help and advice. Pain can be mysterious, with no obvious cause, and this is the most worrying of all. Imagination can take hold, and an ache that is the result of nothing more than poor posture can escalate into something very serious in the person’s mind.
This sort of ‘catastrophizing’ is even more likely when pain is felt in an area where there really is nothing ‘wrong’. A pain in the face and head might be the direct result of a trigger point in the muscles of the neck area – but because the pain is in the face, around the ear, or in the eyes, it is in those areas that the sufferer might imagine serious problems to exist.
Understanding that the pain is actually in the neck and shoulder muscles, removes the anxiety for people. After that, all that needs to be done is to deactivate the trigger points and to see what can be done to prevent the same postural stresses from creating new ones!
Whether pain in soft tissues arises because of overload, overuse or injury, there is a strong chance that part of the pain process will involve the presence of hyperirritable areas of tissue known as Myofascial Trigger Points.
- A myofascial trigger point is a hyperirritable spot, usually lying within a taut band of skeletal muscle, or in the muscle’s fascia.
- This irritable spot (trigger point) will be painful on pressure, and often gives rise to referred or radiating pain and tenderness.
- Chronic strain can affect any of the body’s skeletal muscles, and so any muscle can develop myofascial trigger points.
- Myofascial pain syndromes are conditions of widespread pain that are both caused and maintained by one or more active trigger points.
- While the trigger point is the actual pain generator that causes the pain, other factors are the cause of the trigger point’s activities.
- This makes it obvious that getting rid of myofascial pain requires that we either get rid of the trigger point(s) or the reasons for their existence.
Myers and Barnes have both declared that there is really only one muscle in the body, which is held in 600 or more fascial pockets.
- Fascia covers all organs of the body.
- Muscle and fascia cannot be separated.
- All muscle stretching is myofascial stretching.
- Myofascial stretching in one body area will be felt and will affect that and other body areas.
- Release of myofascial restrictions can affect other body organs through a release of tension in the greater fascial system.
- Progress is measured by improvement in postural symmetry, reduction of subjective pain complaints and increased fluidity of movement.
- Myofascial release is generally more comfortable than other stretching techniques.
- Treatment using Myofascial Release changes constantly in response to feedback. Practitioners allow feedback from the patient’s body to guide treatment.
We work with the patient, not on the patient.