Kelly Hochheimer, LMT

How Myofascial Release Helps

Myofascial release has so many healthy benefits because it affects both the physical and emotional components of the body. Benefits range from improving overall health through stress reduction, to assisting with injury recovery and eliminating targeted pain.

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Stress can greatly compromise the body's immune system so regular bodywork can help keep the body strong to defend against illnesss and disease. 

Myofascial Release can also: 

  • Reduce muscle pain and cramping by re-setting healthy nerve stimulation 
  • Ease digestion, heartburn, cramping and constipation   
  • Decrease chronic tension by releasing unconscious muscular holding patterns
  • Decreasing nerve pain by loosening fascia, which connects everything in the body together like a strong, internal spiderweb and can pinch nerves and vessels when tight
  • Increase comfortable range of motion by releasing pressure around joints
  • Soften and minimize scar tissue to decrease pain and restriction
  • Promoting tissue healing after surgery or injury by stimulating waste and nutrient exchange through the lymphatic and circulatory systems
  • Decrease swelling from new or chronic injury or surgery
  • Enhance immune system efficiency by increasing lymph flow
  • Clear energy flow for better organ and tissue function

Therapeutic bodywork can successfully reduce or eliminate pain from many soft tissue conditions including headaches, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, tendonitis, whiplash, thoracic outlet and carpal tunnel syndromes to name a few.

Some tension and muscular discomfort can be eased quickly, with an immediate relief from pain, but other discomfort may take longer to resolve.  It may take multiple sessions and possibly lifestyle changes to reduce pain and holding patterns which have developed over years or decades. Everyone's body is different and your massage treatment should be periodically evaluated to monitor your progress.

The benefits of continued myofascial release treatment will allow you to become more aware of how your body feels on a daily basis and this will help you to identify and relieve imbalances before they cause discomfort.  On-going self treatment and minor lifestyle adjustments can also reduce chronic pain and injury and increase comfortable activity levels.

Kelly Hochheimer
Licensed Massage Therapist
6 Executive Park Dr., Entrance D
Albany, NY 12203

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*Massage therapy is given for wellbeing of mind and body.  This includes stress reduction, relief of pain caused by muscle tension and spasm, increased range of motion, and improved circulation and energy flow.  Massage therapy is not a substitute for medical treatment or medications and it is recommended that you also work with your primary care provider for any condition that you may have.  Please be aware that a massage therapist does not diagnose illness, disease or any physical or metal health disorder, perform spinal adjustments, or prescribe medication

**Photos courtesy of ABMP