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Myofascial release

Myofascial release is a form of manual therapy, which uses stretching and massage to encourage healing and relieve chronic pain in different areas of the body including the foot.

What is myofascial release therapy?

Myofascial release is anon-invasive method of pain relief. The treatment involves combiningstretching and massage with the aim of reducing scar tissue and relaxing the muscles within the affected area. The treatment begins with a gentle massage to warm and release the muscles. Areas which need further attention are then identified and slow, deep pressure is used to relax and restore the damaged muscle tissue and provide effective pain relief.

What podiatry related conditions can myofascial release therapy help with?

Myofascial release therapy can be used to treat a variety of podiatry conditions including;

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tight calves
  • Sport related injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinopathy and bursitis

How does myofascial release therapy work?

Myofascial release focuses on the idea that physical injury can lead to areas of scarring and hardening forming along affected sites within the muscle. When injury occurs, tension develops in the fascia which makes up the muscle structure, resulting in pain and discomfort at that area. Myofascial therapy aims to release these blockages in the muscle using gentle stretches which work to lengthen and soften the fascia. By freeing these adhesions, the blood supply to the area is increased, improving the body's ability to heal.

What are the benefits of myofascial release therapy?

There are a number of benefits associated with myofascial therapy including;

  • Improves joint mobility and flexibility
  • Decreases muscle tension
  • Reduces or eliminates the need for surgical intervention
  • Reduces or eliminates the need for prescription drugs
  • Reduces the chances of chronic injuries recurring
  • Low risk procedure

Similar treatments / services that could help?

There are a number of alternative treatments which are available to help treat conditions associated with foot pain. They include;

  • Orthotics/Insoles
  • Steroid injections
  • Massage therapy
  • Stretches and strengthening exercises
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Acupressure and acupuncture treatments.
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