In this post, we go over (1) what is myofascial release, (2) does myofascial release hurt, and (3) the impact of myofascial release.
What is Myofascial Release?
A myofascial release is a practical approach to managing pain and discomfort. Don't expect a gentle massage with aromatherapy and flute music. Instead, myofascial release can be an intense experience.
During a session, a physical therapist, chiropractor or even a masseuse will gently massage, knead and stretch the muscles and fascia to create knots. This technique also involves applying pressure to tense or painful areas to release them.
Pressure is applied with hands, elbows, or massage tools such as foam rollers or balls. You may be sore afterward, but as the pain subsides, you will feel more relaxed than before.
Does Myofascial Release Hurt?
After myofascial release, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
Muscle Soreness: Pain is common for about 24 hours after treatment as the body flushes out the released toxins. Some people feel a similar sensation in their muscles after an intense workout at the gym. Keep calm and remember that this is only temporary - it will likely go away in 24 hours or less. We recommend drinking plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. This extra water also helps prevent post-session headaches.
Unusual sensations: When MFR treatment relaxes and relaxes chronically tense muscles and connective tissue. After a session, you may feel unique sensations in your body. This can include shivering, throbbing, or heat as blood returns to areas of chronic hunger. Again, this is normal and all symptoms should go away within 24 to 48 hours. If any of these unusual sensations last longer than a day or two, see your doctor.
What Is The Emotional Impact Of Myofascial Release?
Emotions: Just as your dreams are your body's way of releasing pent-up emotions, you may also feel more excited in the days following treatment as those emotions are released from your body. This process is very natural. We encourage you to let them flow freely through you and remember that this is a sign that your body is healing. This post-session recovery period is a great time to indulge in self-care rituals. For example, try an Epsom salt bath with calming essential oils to soothe your mind and muscles.
Vivid dreams: Some people report having unusually vivid dreams after a session. When your body is in recovery mode, you may have longer periods of REM or sleep. Your body can also release stored emotions and process old memories. As we said about unusual emotions and dreams, once we store emotions in our fascia, releasing the fascia can trigger painful emotions from old traumas.
This release of emotions happens temporarily as the body relaxes and the healing process begins. It is important to remember that this is a temporary thing and nothing to worry about. This flood of feelings is not a sign that the treatment made your symptoms worse and the treatment didn't make things worse.
However, this surge of emotion is a vital sign that you are paying attention to old wounds and healing them. This process occurs when the body repairs dysfunctional tissue caused by old injuries, accidents, and illness.
In addition to the emotional impact after myofascial release, you may also experience a "healing crisis" after myofascial release. For example, you may feel like you have a cold or flu symptoms, or your initial symptoms may get worse. A medical crisis can, in some cases, be more serious than the actual illness or illness. Remember that this is all temporary and a sign that you are on the right path to regaining your health.
Other Symptoms Associated:
- Feeling left out
- A bruise
- Joint pain
- Strong emotions
- Muscle spasm
- Sinus congestion
Want to learn more about myofascial release?
Check out these posts written by Dr. Uzair Ahmad, Doctorate of Physiotherapy and others:
- What are the different types of myofascial releases?
- How To Do Myofascial Release On Yourself
- How Often To Do Myofascial Release
- How Do I Know I Need Myofascial Release?
- How To Use Lacrosse Ball For Myofascial Release
Learn much more in-depth techniques and knowledge about your myofascia in the Obscure Fitness Playbook (440+ pages).
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