What Is Myofascial Release Therapy?

Myofascial release therapy is a gentle manual therapy that involves stretching, massaging and applying gentle pressure to release fascial restrictions. This restores balance in the body and allows it to move without pain. During a treatment session, the practitioner uses their hands to apply low-force techniques and sustained pressure on the affected areas to break down adhesions that can cause muscle dysfunction. They will hold that pressure until the muscle softens and releases, which usually takes 30 to 90 seconds.

In addition to working deeply into the body's fascia, the practitioner advises the client on exercises and self-care strategies that they can do in between therapy sessions so that they can enjoy the benefits of their treatment long after it has ended.

Myofascial release therapy in Sydney

What Are the Benefits of Myofascial Release Therapy?

Myofascial release therapy improves skeletal muscle performance, relieves pain and prevents injuries by treating fascial restrictions resulting from injuries, accidents, repetitive movements, poor posture or surgical procedures. This manual therapy is recommended for the following conditions:

  • Physical and mental stress
  • Muscle pain
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome 
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Neck, back or shoulder pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

How Much Does a Myofascial Release Therapy Cost in Sydney

Myofascial release therapy in Sydney will cost roughly $90 to $280 per session, depending on the practitioner's level of experience. Other factors that influence the price include the location of the treatment facility, the length of your treatment, and any add-on services or products. Some practitioners offer health fund rebates, so it's best to enquire before scheduling an appointment.

How Many Practitioners of Myofascial Release Therapy Work in Sydney?

There are about 70 qualified myofascial release therapy practitioners in Sydney, but there could be more. This type of therapy is performed by professionally trained health practitioners with a variety of specialisations, such as massage therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and physical therapists, thus the actual number of practitioners is unknown.

How Many People in Sydney Use Myofascial Release Therapy?

Because of their benefits for myofascial pain, myofascial release therapy services in Sydney are becoming increasingly popular. Adults are more likely than teenagers or children to seek this form of treatment. Adhesions, joint stiffness and trigger points affect about 20% of myofascial release therapy clients. They seek out myofascial release therapy services because they are looking for low-cost therapies that do not require invasive surgery or medication.