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Myofascial Release Specialist

Axial Spine and Wellness

Chiropractors located in West Loop, Near West Side, Chicago, IL

Myofascial pain can cause chronic tight muscle pain that doesn’t resolve with stretching or exercise. To get relief, chiropractor and rehab specialist Todd Peterson, DC, offers myofascial release therapy at Axial Spine & Wellness in the West Loop area of Chicago. Located in the West Loop, Dr. Peterson has advanced training in rehabilitation and soft tissue techniques to address muscle pain and tension. Feel more comfortable and regain mobility with myofascial release; call the office or schedule a visit online today to get started.

Myofascial Release Q & A

What is myofascial release?

Myofascial release is a hands-on soft tissue technique used to treat chronically painful and tight muscles and fascia. Fascia is a thick, fibrous type of connective tissue that provides structure and support around muscle tissues. Over time, poor posture, injuries, and exercise can cause the fascia to become stuck to the muscle. This results in adhesions, also called trigger points or knots.

With myofascial release, Dr. Peterson uses pressure from his hands to gently stretch your muscles and fascia while you perform specific movements. Myofascial release can be used on any muscle for pain relief and improved flexibility.

How does myofascial release work?

Myofascial release aims to loosen the adhesions between muscles and fascia that cause pain and tenderness. Myofascial release technique relies on the piezoelectric phenomenon to improve muscle flexibility and relieve pain.

The piezoelectric phenomenon involves slowly applying a low load of force from hands-on pressure to elongate a viscoelastic medium, the fascia. This improves flexibility and reduces the tight sensation associated with myofascial pain syndrome.

Myofascial release also improves blood flow to the muscles, healing areas of pain and inflammation and improving flexibility through greater hydration. If you experience swelling along with muscle pain, gentle pressure from myofascial release can help with lymphatic drainage.

What can I expect during myofascial release?

Depending on your condition, your myofascial release session can last anywhere from 30-50 minutes, or it may be incorporated into a chiropractic visit or functional rehabilitation session. You should wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. Jeans, heavy sweaters, and jackets should be avoided since they prevent Dr. Peterson from applying pressure to the muscles properly.

Dr. Peterson explains the process of myofascial release for your specific area of concern and demonstrates the stretches you’ll be doing while he applies pressure. He then places his hands onto the treatment area and you begin moving through the stretches slowly.

The stretches you perform may involve bending, twisting, or rotating, or you may be positioned lying on your side so Dr. Peterson can access your hips. He has you perform each movement about five times while he applies pressure. Generally, you’ll feel a deep stretching sensation and pressure, which can be relieving or mildly sore.

Dr. Peterson recommends at-home care, including drinking extra water, to prevent muscle soreness after treatment. Repeat office visits may be necessary if you have a long history of injuries or have many different areas requiring treatment.

To schedule a myofascial release session, call Axial Spine & Wellness or schedule an appointment online today.