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Myofascial release

Myofascial Release Is a Tool Your Chiropractor Uses to Release Muscle Tension

Most of us are familiar with chiropractic adjustment, the hands-on technique your chiropractor uses to restore the normal alignment of the spine. We are all familiar with massage, the manipulation of muscles to relieve pain, achieve calm, and restore circulation. However, most of us aren't familiar with another healing tool your chiropractor uses, myofascial release. Here are a few things Dr. Daniel Rubin, your chiropractor serving North Point, Port Charlotte, and West Village, wants you to know about myofascial release

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What is myofascial release?

Your body isn't just bones and tendons and muscles. Your body also has a layer of connective tissue known as fascia. The fascia surrounds and gives shape to muscles, holding them in place. When the fascia "invests" to the muscles, sticking to them, the muscles are not free to move and the result is pain. These "investments" occur after excessive exercise, injury, or chronic stress. Each of these sticking points forms a "trigger point" that can be treated with myofascial release.

Myofascial release enhances the healing power of massage.

Massage alone has many healing properties. It calms, relaxes, and relieves pain. Combining massage with myofascial release removes the trigger points that inhibit your full range of motion and cause pain. 

Your chiropractor can locate trigger points by touch. Healthy fascia feels movable and elastic. Trigger points of adhesion between fascia and muscle feel fixed and stiff even under light pressure. Your chiropractor can focus pressure around the trigger point and stretch the muscle back to its normal length so it can move freely again.

Myofascial release can be direct or indirect.

With direct technique, your chiropractor applies pressure directly to the trigger point. This method requires considerable force. With indirect technique, your chiropractor achieves myofascial release by gently stretching the affected muscle. The indirect method requires much less pressure. Your chiropractor will know which approach to myofascial release is appropriate for you. Both techniques release "knots" in the fascia and relieve pain. Both methods are proven safe and effective.

Dr. Rubin offers myofascial release and other proven methods of pain relief at North Point Chiropractic.

Let Dr. Rubin show you how chiropractic treatment can relieve pain and restore mobility without drugs and without surgery. North Point Chiropractic's offices are convenient to North Point, West Village, and Port Charlotte, FL. Request an appointment online or please call us at (941) 423-2667. North Point Chiropractic offices are located at 14888 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL, 34287.

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