Myofascial Release Specialist

Gregory Stayberg, D.C.

Chiropractor located in Culver City, Santa Monica, & Marina Del Rey, CA

Myofascial release (MFR) is a hands-on therapeutic option for the treatment of muscle pain, chronic tightness, and muscle knots that won’t go away with stretching. Gregory Stayberg, D.C., uses MFR to relieve pain and improve muscle flexibility without the use of muscle relaxants so you can get fast relief without the side effects of medication. Dr. Stayberg offers MFR at his three locations in Culver City, Santa Monica, and Marina del Rey, California, for your convenience. To set up a visit, book online or call the office today.

Myofascial Release

What is myofascial release?

Myofascial release (MFR) is a hands-on therapeutic technique used to address muscle pain, stiffness, and tightness. The term comes from the root words for muscle — myo — and fascia — fascial. Fascia is a tough, fibrous tissue that wraps around all of your muscles and helps them attach to your bones for proper biomechanical movement and support.

Sometimes the areas where the muscle and fascia meet become irritated, tight, or stuck to one another, causing pain and muscle knots or adhesions. MFR aims to relieve pain and improve the connection between your muscles and fascia for better function.

When is myofascial release recommended?

Dr. Stayberg recommends MFR for anyone struggling with muscle pain or chronic tightness that isn’t relieved by stretching. It can also be beneficial for releasing muscle knots that cause local pain or refer pain to other areas of your body. Conditions that can benefit from MFR include:

  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Tight shoulders or upper trapezius muscles
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis

Discuss your symptoms with Dr. Stayberg to determine if MFR is right for you.

How does myofascial release work?

During an MFR session, Dr. Stayberg uses his hands or a handheld tool to apply pressure to tight areas in your muscles as well as muscle knots or adhesions. He then guides you through a series of movements or stretches to lengthen your muscles while he applies pressure.

The pressure used during the treatment triggers pressure receptors in your brain that signal the muscle to relax, so you may notice an immediate improvement in your range of motion after treatment. The pressure and stretching also improve blood flow to the area for better hydration of the tissues.

What can I expect when receiving myofascial release?

Dr. Stayberg typically applies pressure to a few different areas along the length of the muscle to release tension throughout the area. Multiple muscles may receive treatment during your session if your muscle pain is causing headaches or joint stiffness.

Sessions can last 10-30 minutes depending on the treatment size and can be repeated as often as necessary to relieve muscle tension and pain. Dr. Stayberg always checks in with you throughout your session to ensure the pressure is comfortable and may use lotion or gel to avoid skin irritation.

To schedule a myofascial release session, call the office or book online with Dr. Stayberg now.