Myofascial massage is one of thirty different types of massage. The different types of massage work best for different issues- no one massage type is better than any other overall.
For musculoskeletal issues such as myofascial pain syndrome, myofascial massage therapy may be the most effective. With myofascial massage, the massage works on the deep tissues and connective tissue to relax contracted muscles and increase the circulation of the blood and lymph fluids. It is a step further than your typical massage, which focuses on muscles.
There is a difference between myofascial release massage and myofascial release therapy. Myofascial release therapy is not simply massage. Myofascial release therapy may also be referred to as trigger point therapy. That is important to note if you are seeking relief from myofascial pain.
Benefits of Myofascial Massage
One of the benefits of myofascial massage is the management of pain felt in a variety of conditions. This massage has become a part of pain management programs for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and chronic, debilitating back pain. It is also effective in helping the pain felt with severe anxiety and tension.
Another use for myofascial massage has been in treating repetitive stress injuries in the musculoskeletal system. These are injuries such as:
- Trigger finger
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
Actually, there are more than 100 different kinds of repetitive stress injuries. Most of them affect the elbows, shoulders, knees and heels.
How to Do Myofascial Massage
Myofascial massage is effective for loosening tight muscles and tissues. Tight muscles and tissues are thought to be the cause behind the pain of conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
As with routine massage, myofascial massage promotes relaxation and elevates your mood. There is also some anecdotal evidence that myofascial massage can lower the heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol hormone levels.
If you are considering myofascial massage to relieve your myofascial pain or the pain you may have from other medical conditions, look for a therapist who is certified to perform myofascial massage. Most states have licensing requirements for massage therapists. If you can’t find a certified myofascial massage therapist in your area, you can check with the state’s licensing board for a list of certified therapists close to you.