Why Myofascial Release Needs the Aid of the Chiropractic Adjustment

By Dr. Brenda Mondragon

Chiropractic adjustments and myofascial release work together to increase circulation of the body's tissues and promote healing. If someone receives only soft tissue work (massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, etc.), and does NOT get a chiropractic alignment, the muscle will readily tighten back up again due to the tension applied to it. Myofascial release along with a chiropractic alignment helps the body relax and accept the adjustment better. "The pain attributed to myofascial dysfunction is usually restricted to a certain region such as the cervical or upper thoracic area, lumbar and buttock area, or the cranial/TMJ area. A trigger point, often the cause of such pain, is always tender and palpably taut. This prevents full lengthening of the muscle and produces muscle weakening, altered proprioception, predictable referred pain patterns, and an objectively verifiable local twitch response during palpation." http://www.chiro.org/ACAPress/Myofascial_Therapy.html


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