Myofascial therapy comes from two words, "myo," meaning muscle, and "fascia," referring to the network of connective tissue that is believed to be continuous throughout the entire body. It wraps around every muscle as well as the brain and spinal cord. Therapists use fascia unwinding techniques to release blood vessels and nerves that are trapped by restrictions in the fascia.
About Myofascial Therapy
Facial tissue responds to strain and stress by contracting. The contractions are believed to pinch off the supply of blood and nerve signals, causing unremitting pain. It is also visualized by practitioners as strong enough to cause changes in skeletal and muscular alignment. Because of this, they seek to realign the musculoskeletal system through the network of fascia. Some even attempt to unwind the fascia inside the skull by using advanced techniques. By using either deep manipulation techniques or light touch for myofascial unwinding, the effectiveness of this therapy is influenced by the practitioners' anatomical knowledge. Myofascial therapy is best understood as what is called a "modality." This means that it is a series of techniques that can be practiced by a variety of professionals, including physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and sometimes even medical doctors. Depending on the interests of the professional, they may pursue training in myofascial therapy at any time in their career. Studies concerning myofascial therapy are limited. Those that exist rarely account for the dynamics of the personality of the patient, or the skill of the therapist in making conclusions about the effectiveness of myofascial therapy in relieving pain. As an inherently subjective experience, pain relief is difficult to quantify. When considering any treatment, including myofascial therapy, it is important for patients to remember that each discipline has practitioners operating at different levels of skill. Scientific methods often poorly evaluate the ability of soft tissue therapies to relieve pain, in part because the skill of the practitioner is so central to successful results. Another reason may be because many soft tissue therapists like to take advantage of the placebo-effect -- or, as they call it, the mind-body connection. Their main goal is usually to relieve the patient's perception of pain, and address the cause of the pain when possible. To this end, there are many different approaches used, even among myofascial therapists. Their primary aim is to relieve pain, not to cure. Anyone with pain could potentially benefit from myofascial therapy.
Mesothelioma and Myofascial Therapy
While not proven, advocates of alternative methods
like myofascial therapy note the ability to ease pain and or the patient’s perception of pain. Along with medical treatments
, those patients diagnosed with cancers such as mesothelioma could likely utilize therapies such as this one. In the case of mesothelioma, having a latency period of 20 to 50 years can often mean that once an individual is diagnosed, the symptoms are going to be very strong and the pain, unbearable at time. Symptom relief with alternative practices such as myofascial therapy might make an individual with mesothelioma more comfortable. Reference: Spine- Health