Fascia is the thin layer of connective tissue that covers and supports the muscles and inner organs of the body. When this layer of tissue gets knotted up, motion is often times limited or restricted and pain can be the outcome.
A few techniques that can be utilized for myofascial release includes cold laser therapy, cryotherapy, and myofascial trigger-point therapy.
Cold Laser Therapy
By using a laser the size of a flashlight, the target area is hit anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes with light that penetrates through the several layers of skin, and is then absorbed by cells in the body. These cells react with the light, and by means of intracellular metabolism, they repair damaged tissues.
During cryotherapy, the body is placed in a chamber and the body’s temperature is lowered significantly for a certain amount of time. In doing so, it can decrease inflammation and relieve muscle pain through reduced muscle metabolism.
Myofascial Trigger-Point Therapy
This is a form of acupuncture. This type of therapy treats specific trigger points in tightened muscles. There are about 255 trigger regions in the fascia area. In combination with dry needles, practitioners will also use injections, deep pressure treatment, massages, stretching, and much more.