Myofascial release is a type of massage that uses techniques including sustained pressure and stretching of the muscles and connective tissues.
In the study, people with fibromyalgia got 20 weeks of myofascial release. Immediately after the last treatment and at a 1-month follow-up, participants (as compared to controls) reported improvement in these symptoms:
- Sleep quality
- Anxiety levels
- Quality of life
At a 6-month follow-up, the only remaining improvement was in sleep, suggesting that on-going treatments may be necessary to maintain the benefit.
I have some personal experience with myofascial release, and it did work quite well for my pain. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to continue with the treatment because of insurance issues.
I do want to caution you, though -- if you have tactile or mechanical allodynia (sensitivity to touch), myofascial release may not be right for you. It's a deep form of massage, and I know I wouldn't have been able to tolerate it a couple of years ago when my allodynia was bad.
Have you had myofascial release? What was your experience with it? Leave your comments below!
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