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Myofascial Release – St. Cloud, FL

Relieve Chronic Muscle Pain

Pair of hands massaging patient’s back during myofascial release in Saint Cloud

Countless individuals suffer from back pain, muscle pain, and similar symptoms. Rest and medication may be able to help with such issues to an extent. However, if the problem is related to your myofascial tissues, you may need myofascial release in St. Cloud. Read on below to learn more about this noninvasive, pain-relieving treatment, and get in touch with us when you are ready to schedule a consultation with Dr. Murphy.

Why Choose Holistic Medicine Wellness Center for Myofascial Release?

  • Highly Trained Osteopathic Physician
  • Noninvasive Pain Relief
  • Suitable for a Range of Conditions

What Is Myofascial Release?

Female patient relaxing during massage therapy session

Myofascial release is a form of osteopathic manipulative treatment. It focuses on the myofascial tissues, which surround and support muscles throughout the body. Myofascial tissues contain trigger points. When these points are stiff or tense, they can interfere with the proper functioning of your muscles, leading to pain and other symptoms. During myofascial release, trigger points are massaged in order to release tension and promote fluid, pain-free muscle movements.

What Can Myofascial Release Treat?

Man with back pain

Myofascial release can be used to address a number of issues, including:

  • Myofascial pain syndrome (chronic sensitivity and tightness in the myofascial tissues)
  • Generalized muscle pain and tension
  • Lower back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic headaches
  • Venous insufficiency (a condition that causes blood to pool in the deep veins of the leg)

Myofascial release may be used in conjunction with other treatments to help you enjoy the highest level of pain relief possible.

What to Expect During Myofascial Release

Man lying face down during myofascial release session

Just like any type of therapeutic massage, myofascial release may cause some temporary discomfort as the tissues are encouraged to relax. However, the overall experience should feel good. Since it is difficult to pinpoint which trigger points are responsible for pain and discomfort, the massage may take place across a broad area of your body. In some cases, the trigger point that is responsible for pain is actually rather far from what seems to be the source of the problem!

Each session might take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or so. Afterward, you might be a little sore. Some patients experience mild nausea or lightheadedness, so you should be sure to get adequate rest following your appointments.

Most patients require multiple sessions to experience optimum results. After your initial consultation with our team, we will be able to set up a schedule for your myofascial release program that we believe will be most beneficial for your unique circumstances.

Myofascial Release FAQs

Patient relaxing during myofascial release session

Myofascial release can serve as a powerful therapy that reduces persistent pain. Before you come in for a consultation with Dr. Murphy and our team, though, you may want to know more about this therapy and what you should expect from it. To assist you, we have compiled the following list of frequently asked questions about myofascial release, along with easy-to-understand answers. If you do not see the information you were looking for, reach out to us directly. We look forward to hearing from you!

Does Medical Insurance Cover Myofascial Release?

Myofascial release is often classified as a type of medical massage. Therefore, there are a handful of health insurance companies that offer coverage for it. You will have to examine your unique policy or contact your insurance carrier to learn how it may apply.

Keep in mind that our practice does not accept medical insurance. However, we can create an insurance “superbill” that you can use to request reimbursement from your insurance company.

What Is the Difference Between Myofascial Release and a Regular Massage?

There are a few key differences between myofascial release and a routine massage. For example, a normal massage usually involves continuous movement as the massage therapist applies pressure at various points in the body. Myofascial release, on the other hand, often requires that the provider apply constant pressure at specific locations for several minutes at a time.

Massage can have general benefits for the body, such as aiding relaxation and providing relief from sore muscles. Myofascial release focuses specifically on the network of connective tissues that surround your joints, muscles, and bones. It can be used to address a number of medical conditions, including carpel tunnel syndrome, myofascial pain syndrome, and more.

Who Is Qualified to Provide Myofascial Release Therapy?

Myofascial release may be provided by massage therapist, physical therapists, chiropractors, and osteopathic physicians. However, not all such care providers offer it. You should check their qualifications online or call their office to learn what type of training they have had before you entrust them to perform this type of treatment on you.

How Can I Tell If I Need Myofascial Release?

Myofascial release is often helpful for joint and muscle pain that does not respond to rest, ice, and other common remedies. A professional who offers myofascial release can evaluate your symptoms and help you determine what your next steps should be.

How Often Should I Undergo Myofascial Release?

During your initial myofascial release appointment, our team will recommend a course of treatment to help you experience optimum results. Some patients should visit us every week, while others benefit more from visiting us twice a week or once every other week. Typically, a course of treatment is spread out over 4 – 12 weeks, depending on a person’s unique needs.