Myofascial Release is a gentle soothing treatment modality where the practitioner works with the tissue to bring about fascial change. Trigger Point Therapy is a hedonic based treatment (balanced between pleasure and pain) where the practitioner works with the tissue to restore bio-mechanical balance and tone within the fascial network. Myofascial release and Trigger Point Massage are both types of physical therapy that focuses on reducing myofascial pain syndrome by applying sustained pressure into the connective tissue and its restrictions. Through the use of manual manipulation and pressure, I massage and stretch an area of rigidity within the tissue in order to release the trigger points and adhesions, returning the muscle to its natural form and function. 
A myofascial trigger point, or "knot", is a hyper-irritable band of tissue where portions of muscle fibres are held in a contracted state. They are thought to form in response to trauma, unaccustomed loads, sustained postures, repetitive behavioural movement patterns, emotional stress and hot/cold environmental factors. Trigger points cause swelling within the muscle tissue that results in adhesions forming as layers of tissue become stuck together. This elicits an unnatural shift in the bodies tensegrity structure that results in detrimental tensile forces throughout the body causing soft tissue pain and muscular dysfunction. 
Practitioners of Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy identify areas of patients asymmetry and employ massage techniques that balance their patients bodies fascial network, by releasing the adhesions and trigger points within the tissue. This in turn restores optimal bio-mechanics and improves muscle and joint range of motion, relieving pain and minimising the long term detrimental effects of poor posture and intrinsic aging.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about this modality or if i can help with any of your soft-tissue concerns.


Benefits of Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy:

Anyone experiencing soft tissue pain can benefit from Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy. This type of massage works to restore functional movement by releasing trigger points and adhesions within the tissue improving tissue tone, flexibility and range of motion. 

  • It decreases pain associated with trigger points and myofascial pain syndrome

  • Improved range of motion means less chance of injury 

  • Reduced wear and tear on the body due to better bio-mechanics and posture

  • Improved flexibility through the reduction of trigger points and adhesions

  • Myofascial release has been shown to stimulate the Golgi tendon organ responsible for muscle relaxation. 

  • Improves muscle health by stimulating the lymphatic system.

  • Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, calming the body. 

  • Reduced trigger points and adhesions within the tissue improves blood circulation. Meaning improved removal of metabolic waste and an increase in nutrients delivered to the cells.

  • When done correctly, myofascial release and trigger point therapy elicit a calming effect on the central nervous system. By holding the 'hedonic point' (between pleasure and pain) within the tissue, one not only feels relaxed and refreshed, we are also able to increase our pain tolerance and reduce the effects of daily stress that we hold within our body.


What to expect from Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy:

  • Patients can expect a treatment similar to that of a regular massage. The practitioner will often warm the area with remedial massage before using slower and deeper techniques in order to release trigger points and adhesions within the tissue.

  • The practitioner may use a pin and stretch technique whereby sustained pressure is applied to an area, and held, whilst a limb is moved through a range of motion. This helps release trigger points, restore a muscles length and breaks up adhesions.

  • A slight feeling of warmth or burning can sometimes be felt within the tissue throughout a fascial stretch. This is the adhesions or layers of tissue breaking apart as the muscle is returned to is normal functional length. 

  • Post treatment, patients often report the targeted muscles feel a little tender (similar to post workout) but relaxed. 

  • Some patients report soreness that can last up to 24-48 hours post treatment.

  • Patients can often feel 'wiped out', tired and/or emotional for a few hours after a treatment.

  • There are instances whereby the treatment may actually increase the pain symptoms, or the pain moves to another place within the body. This is a normal part of the body's healing process and should be communicated with your therapist on the next treatment. 

  • Continue with normal daily activity post treatment as the lymph system relies on muscle contraction to filter out toxins. 

  • Strenuous activity should be avoided for the remainder of the day. 


Indications for Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy:

  • Any soft tissue pain that is related to the bodies bio-mechanics, for example; neck pain, back pain, headaches, upper cross syndrome, shoulder impingement, tendinitis, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, knee pain, groin strain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis.  

  • A band of tissue within skeletal muscle that is painful to touch and causes the patient to jump/shout on palpation. 

  • An identified trigger point within the muscle through palpation

  • Palpation reproduces the patients pain both locally and/or globally

  • Anyone looking to relieve pain and/or tightness through the reduction of myofascial trigger points and adhesions within the muscle

Contraindications for Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy:

  • Anyone with allergies to natural oils 

  • People with burns, injuries, painful or open wounds

  • Fragile or frail individuals

  • Fractured or broken bones 

  • People with deep vein thrombosis

  • Communicable skin condition

  • Contagious diseases

  • Fever or sickness

  • Blood clots

  • Pregnancy

  • Uncontrolled hypertension

  • Cancer

  • Inflammation

  • Kidney or liver condition

  • While not contraindicated, please let the practitioner know if you have any arthritic joints 


Possible side effects for Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy:

  • Bruising

  • Post treatment soreness

  • Headaches/Migraines

  • Redness or heat in the skin 

  • Inflammation

  • Feelings of fatigue, tiredness and/or nausea

  • Generally feelings of stiffness both within the treatment tissue and/or within the body 

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Myofascial soft tissue work is especially effective at calming the central nervous system, restoring bio-mechanical balance and treating myofascial pain syndrome. The treatment can be combined with Myofascial Needling, Cupping or a treatment on its own. 

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