Myofascial release and trigger point massage are two specialist techniques to treat both short-term and long-term muscle damage and dysfunction. When muscles are damaged through accident, short and long-term strain, sports or trauma, the muscle tends to shrink and develop knots, which can be deep inside the muscles.
This causes restricted movement, the unnatural sticking together of muscle fibres, lumps in the muscles where blood is not properly reaching, aches and pains, and deteriorating muscle strength. What can happen next is that the surrounding muscles can be thrown out of alignment and referred pain spread throughout the body. For recovery it must be treated on a regular basis to restore full health.
Ironically this could all have been avoided by regular massage as part of the recovery process from the injury but the muscle was left untreated so the fibre adhesion happened. However, once myofascial release and trigger point massage starts, progressive recovery can take place.
Myofascial release massage is a technique for going through a muscle and separating the fibres of the muscle repeatedly to that they begin to slide against each other in a natural way as the muscle contracts and releases. This help to re-lengthen the muscle and restore it to is proper condition.
Trigger point therapy is the application of pressure to certain areas of muscles to help break up solid knots that are stopping the muscle from functioning properly.
At our Sydney massage clinic, we use myofascial release and trigger point massage with clients at any time where we find damaged muscles and we also can give a course of massages to help return muscle function.
All myofascial release and trigger point therapy treatments are carried out at our massage clinic in Sydney by Dr Tracie O’Keefe, DCH, BHSc, ND, who has more than 30 years’ experience as a massage therapist.