Muscle & Soft Tissue Therapy (Myofascial Release)
What is myofascial release?
“Myo” means muscle and fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles and nerves. So when we talk about myofascial release, we are talking about “releasing” tight or restricted muscles, nerves or connective tissue. Both Drs. Cotter and Remsburg have extensive training in numerous soft tissue techniques; namely Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston Technique (GT). ART involves breaking up adhesions in the soft tissues by having the patient go through various motions while the doctor applies a very specific pressure to the area being treated. GT uses instruments, rather than the doctor’s hands, to apply pressure to break up adhesions. The wide variety of soft tissue techniques lets the doctor choose what is best for each patient/condition.
What is myofascial release used for?
Muscle therapy is used anytime a patient has a painful condition that involves muscles or nerves that do not move or slide properly. Adhesions between the muscles, connective tissues or nerves can eventually lead to pain. By applying the proper treatment, these adhesions can be “released” which leads to properly moving and functional muscles and nerves.