Evidences of Myofascial Release efficacy
Myofascial release is a technique that is in upgrowth around the world. In our blog, we always dedicate ourselves to explain a little more about it. The reason is that there are still many doubts about the technique. Thus, myofascial release evidences are important as it helps, both patients and therapists, to understand and explore more of its benefits.
The fascia itself is a tissue that lacks studies, and which, because of its complexity, makes it difficult to understand its functions in our body. As a connective tissue that involves the whole organism, studies on it require full understanding of body mechanisms. And this is something that, even with all the scientific evolution, we are still not able to understand.
Therefore, myofascial release evidences are mostly based on practical results obtained through tests and researches. In them, we can observe empirically the results achieved with its practical application – even if its internal mechanisms are not clearly explained.
Bearing all this in mind, we have selected some scientific articles so you are able to see what has been produced in the world regarding myofascial release.
Effects of Myofascial Release Therapy on pain related disability, quality of sleep and depression in older adults with chronic low back pain
The first myofascial release evidence we will see is a study that states that persistent pain – which characterizes chronic pain – leads to changes in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. These changes are the pathogenic mechanism that potentially causes depression. Pain relief restored sleep patterns and minimized depressive episodes in the studied group.
Effectiveness of Myofascial Release in the Management of Lateral Epicondylitis in Computer Professionals
Conducted in India, the study demonstrated that the group treated with myofascial release reached almost 80% improvement in pain. The problem, known as “tennis elbow” is very common among IT people – who formed the group analyzed by the study.
Effects of the Myofascial Release on the Flexibility of a Patient With Myotonic Dystrophy Steinert
This one was made in Brazil and, thus, is mainly written in portuguese. However, we think it is important to show a variety of cases. So we can better understand the effects of myofascial release through consistent evidences.
This study has evidenced the positive effects of myofascial release for both increased and decreased range of motion. The technique was used to normalize patient’s movements and to perform a structural and functional reorganization.
Myofascial Release as a Treatment for Orthopaedic Conditions: A Systematic Review
The article collected a series of studies regarding myofascial release in indications related to Orthopedics. It came to the conclusion that most of the studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of the technique. However, the article also questions the quality and depth of these studies. Its conclusion is the same as ours: myofascial release deserves much more researchers’ attention.
Effectiveness of Myofascial Release Therapies on Physical Performance Measurements: A Systematic Review
The last evidence is a review that indicates that myofascial release has positive effects increasing and restoring ROM (range of motion), without causing any damaging effects on muscle activity or performance. By improving ROM, the patient (especially athletes) can perform more efficient movements, which also results in better performance and in a lower risk of musculoskeletal injury.
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