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Myofascial Treatment Proves beneficial In acute and sports Medicine settings

Myofascial release techniques not only benefit patients with chronic pain but can also aid patients with acute injuries from becoming chronic pain conditions. Myofascial release can be used effectively on acute patients and has even treated patients who sustained severe injuries on the same day they were admitted to the hospital ie RTA or orthopaedic injuries Thats when you will want to treat them.One positive effect of Myofascial release is that it increases the local blood supply increasing the healing effect in the tissue.

FASCIA is a three dimensional web surrounding every tissue of the body which runs from head to toe without any interruption.Myofascial spans have the propensity through trauma , inflamatory process and poor posture to become solidified and shortened down and can produce enormous tensile strenght upto 2000 pounds per square inch.This pressure from the myofascial restrictions can put abnormal pressure on the nerve that innervates the muscle, compromises the circulation and pulls the osteal structures too close to each other which can jam the facet joints.

Myofascial techniques are beneficial for stretching and preventing injuries as well as treating injuries. In traditional orthopedic rehabilitation a strech seems to exist only in one plane. A standard hamstring stretch might require a patient to lie in supine lift the leg in the air and hold and relax the muscle. The Myofascial technique leg pull on the other hand involves traction to the entire leg combined with range of motion. Myofascial leg pull technique for example may be used when the athlete resists the raised straight leg strech , rolls the hip up because it is uncomfortable or doesnt feel its working.

In traditional orthopedic treatment and the way Anatomy is viewed the body is segmentalised ;an arm or leg is treated .For patients in general and athletes in particular dont do anything with just a segment .So entire body is considered while using this technique as the fascia is continuous throughout the body.

Contraindications: Malignancies, systemic or localised infections, and aneurysms, pregnancy

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