What is Myofascial release?

Category: Physical Therapy

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Generic name: Massage Therapy

Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and accompanying pain and restriction of motion. This is accomplished by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation, increasing venous and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 18 15
Pain 17 12
Stiffness/spasticity 9 6
Myofascial pain syndrome 5 3
Muscle spasms 3 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
1
Moderate
2
Mild
9
None
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Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Myofascial release

Side effect Patients
Muscle soreness 3
Uncomfortable 2
Fatigue 1
Joints ache 1
Joint tenderness 1
Migraine headaches 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Myofascial release

Dosage Patients
120 min monthly 2
60 min monthly 1
60 min weekly 1
weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Myofascial release

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Expense 13
Course of treatment ended 8
Other 8
Did not seem to work 4
Change in health plan coverage 3
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently going to Myofascial release

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped going to Myofascial release

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 22
Usually 12
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 11
Not at all hard to take 13
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 18
$100-199 11
$50-99 4
$25-49 1
< $25 4
Not specified 5
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5 patient evaluations for Myofascial release

Jun 15, 2014 (Started Nov 12, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 120 min Weekly
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2011 (Started Dec 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Have stopped for now, and am having deep-tissue massage instead.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Feb 22, 2011 (Started Dec 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: Myofascial release is now accomplished through deep tissue massage.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Feb 1, 2010 (Started Dec 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle stiffness)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: My physiotherapist is a genius. He uses a combination of physical movement and needling. The needles are momentarily painful but the gain is worth the pain. He has loosened muscles that I had believed were forever frozen. My right shoulder and hip have much improved range of motion and my posture is more erect.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 20, 2010 (Started Feb 26, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: This treatment has given me my life back. I went for two months once a week and now I go about once every month. It has taken away my pain, gotten me off drugs completely and given me my energy and smile back. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is currently suffering. It was the first time that I ever went to any doctor, therapist, etc. and they actually said they were going to be able to fix me. I finally had a small sliver of hope and it turned out to be a true gift.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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