Myofascial Release

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Not all pain is caused by obvious injuries like broken bones or cuts. Some pain may stem from the myofascial tissues. These tough membranes are wrapped around your muscles to provide support and connect them to other parts of the body.

When myofascial tissue becomes stiff, it may restrict movement in both the muscles and joints. This can lead to joint and muscle pain. During myofascial release, your chiropractor will locate and release areas of myofascial tissue that are stiff and tight.

Myofascial Pain Symptoms

Myofascial pain can be caused by trauma — such as a car accident — repetitive motions or muscle tension due to stress. In fact, people who are often stressed or anxious may be more likely to develop myofascial pain. This could be due to frequent clenching of the muscles.

The symptoms of myofascial pain include a deep ache or pain in the muscle, pain that continues or worsens, or a sensitive knot in the muscle. The source of the pain is stiffness in specific areas of myofascial tissue — known as “trigger points.” Normally, myofascial tissue is elastic and moves when light pressure is applied. Trigger points, though, feel tight and rigid.

Unlike pain caused by broken bones or cuts, myofascial pain can occur over a wider area of your body. Also, the trigger points may not be located near the area where you are experiencing the pain. This is called referred pain.

Diagnosis of Trigger Points

During a physical exam, your chiropractor will identify areas of myofascial tissue that are stiff and rigid. This is done by applying light finger pressure to the body, looking for tissue that does not feel elastic or move easily. Again, the trigger points may not be located near the source of your pain.

Myofascial Release Treatment

After identifying the trigger points, chiropractors can use myofascial release therapy to reduce the stiffness in the myofascial tissue. This technique involves stretching and applying manual pressure to areas of the myofascial tissue that are tight.

During the treatment, your chiropractor will carefully observe your body’s response in order to know how much and where to apply the pressure. Loosening up the myofascial tissue can allow the muscles to move more freely. This may reduce your pain symptoms.

Muscle pain can result from many different causes. If are experiencing pain, consult your chiropractor to help you determine your best treatment options.

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  • "I endorse Dr. Gabay to be among the best in the medical community. Being a member of the 2010 Olympic bobsled team I received treatment from hundreds of chiropractors over my athletic career. I believe Dr. Gabay is among the best with his unique blending of knowledge and treatment styles. Dr Gabay is the type of doctor that sets his goals to treat the underlying problem, not just treat the symptoms that it creates. His friendly personality and treatment philosophy have inspired me to gear my academics toward the field of chiropractic medicine."
    John Napier 2010 Olympian OEF Army Veteran
  • "Dr Gabay has helped me more than once, go from extreme pain, to pain free. I first went to him with very bad sciatic pain. I couldn't sit in a chair, any chair. After a few visits, I all of a sudden realized that the pain was gone. I kept going for quite a while until things were really 'straightened out'. I would recommend him to anyone (and have) who needs a chiropractor. When I first went, I had never been to a chiropractor, and of course had heard lots of 'horror stories'. I now know that there really are good chiropractors, who can help relieve pain WITHOUT drugs.... and Dr. David Gabay is one, for sure!"
    Cathy Taylor