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Musculo-fascial therapy

Pressing trigger points, working out painful tissues, pressing and rubbing muscles, slow, sometimes intense massage are all part of a treatment called soft tissue therapy. Another name for this therapy is musculo-fascial therapy. At Fizjo&Well, we apply this therapy in the office and also teach our patients how they can apply elements of this therapy themselves to deal with emergencies. 

What is musculo-fascial therapy?

It is a method of working with the patient that focuses on relaxation and improving the cooperation between fascia and muscles. It is based on the concept of anatomical taping developed by Thomas Myers. It is one form of soft tissue therapy.

What is fascia? 

The human muscular system is covered by a membrane made of compact connective tissue, which we call fascia. Its function is to bind the entire body together and protect it from damage. Through the phenomenon of tensegration, the fascia is involved in the stretching of individual muscle groups. It is not a bag that envelops the entire human body; the fascia is made up of anatomical strips running in different directions, thus forming a compact whole.

Who is musculo-fascial therapy for?

It is a method for a very wide range of patients. We can use it to relieve muscle pain, joint pain, restricted mobility, muscle stiffness and muscle spasms. It is helpful with incontinence problems, strain pains, back pain syndromes or migraines. Interestingly, musculo-fascial therapy can be applied to problems related to the digestive system and organ pain, in which case we speak of visceral therapy. At Fizjo&Well, we combine musculo-fascial therapy with other therapeutic techniques, or use it as a separate treatment. This depends on the individual indications for the patient.

Can we perform fascia therapy on pregnant women? 

Yes, pregnancy is not a contraindication to the use of muscle and fascial therapy. The physiotherapist always takes a detailed history before treatment and assesses whether the therapy will be suitable for the patient.

What is the procedure like?

The first visit to Physio&Well begins with a detailed history taking. The physiotherapist then selects the appropriate techniques to work with the patient. Musculoskeletal and fascial therapy is usually performed without slipping, the skin should be clean, dry and without any break in tissue continuity. It may happen that the therapist works in a different place than the area where the patient feels pain, which is characteristic of working on the course of anatomical bands. Once the treatment is complete, the patient should feel the areas being worked on relax and warm. Sometimes the tissues are sensitive, which subsides after a few hours.

How many treatments are needed to achieve results?

The rehabilitation plan is decided individually with the physiotherapist, as each case is different. Sometimes 2-3 treatments are sufficient to resolve discomfort and pain. Musculo-fascial therapy can also be used prophylactically for people who work for long periods in one position (e.g. working in front of a computer), or for people who participate in sports, as a form of regeneration.

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