In Advanced Myofascial Release massage, many therapists use the techniques to properly treat, and facilitate long-term release of chronically tight muscles.
The muscles of the body are very familiar to a massage therapist. Usually, with the first touch of a restriction, the therapist knows when and where specific techniques of massage will work.
Therapists often instantly notice misalignment, postures, imbalances in the pelvic area, scoliosis, kyphosis, and many other abnormalities associated with muscles.
A therapist will often ask their clients to perform certain movements, noticing what limitations or range of motion movements are are easy or hard.
They may work to relax and loosen muscle tension first, before concentrating on where real problematic areas of muscles.
So then, what was not relaxed from the relaxation massage, would obviously need advanced types of massage therapy.
Myofascial areas are not injured or damaged alone, as the tissue around it is also damaged. Using orthopedic testing helps a therapist treat the problem, but limits treatment to that muscle, which will never bring pain relief.
For instance, the main pain of frozen shoulder is often the supraspinatus insertion. But, treating only that muscle, no matter how effective the techniques of massage, is no guarantee of restoring a pain-free range of motion.
With frozen shoulder, a therapist will often work the infraspinatus, scalenes, teres minor insertion, levator scapulae, occipital muscles, subscapularis, pectoralis major and minor, and lattismus dorsi.
Often times orthopedic testing will show that a muscle is working properly. But, if the therapist treats the muscles anyway, he/she may find it needed massage work anyway, and will massage to prevent addition restrictions within the muscles.
This DVD, Advanced Myofascial Techniques for Massage Therapy, Physical Therapy and Sports Massage: 5-Program Set can explain the role that fascia plays in our bodies, as well as what techniques of massage can help prevent "knots' and scar tissue formation.
This one of the clips from this DVD:
The 5-DVD set includes specific advanced myofascial instruction on:
1. Arm, Wrist and Shoulder
2. Spine and Lower Back
3. Pelvis, Hip and Sacrum
4. Neck, Jaw and Head
5. Legs, Knees, and Feet