Trigger Point Therapy
In this article: Techniques and methods: We describe a new technique for treating pain and controlling inflammation. We explain how the technique is used to treat postoperative pain as well as control painful muscle spasms and stiffness after surgery. We describe the diagnostic and therapeutic benefits of myofascial release. We conclude by discussing important information about exercise protocols and future research directions. While this article is intended to present the basic concept of myofascial release, we encourage you to consult your physician regarding its use and suggested uses.
Myofascial Release: The term "myofascial release" is usually used when describing techniques that involve manipulating or moving the fascia. This myofascial network is the tissue between the heel and the ankle and includes tendons, ligaments and muscles. It has been called the anatomical equivalent of a set of model tennis engines because it contains many complex components that can be damaged or destroyed by external forces.
There are many different causes of pain or discomfort including tightness in the hip flexors or quadriceps, pulled adductors, trigger points in the spine, or nerve compression. Trigger points are sites where pressure or tension is exerted on a nerve without any apparent cause. Common trigger points are referred pain or soreness that occurs around a joint. Myofascial tri