What is Myofascial Release Therapy?

Developed by an American physical therapist named Dr John Barnes in the 1970s, myofascial release therapy aims to release tense muscles and allow communication between them and the brain, giving information on how to move easier through space. This soft tissue therapy has benefits for both active individuals and people who are unable to exercise due to health reasons. It mainly addresses restrictions in the fascia, a thin, tough sheath of elastic fibrous connective tissue which wraps around every muscle, bone, nerve and blood vessel in the body.

What Conditions Can Myofascial Release Therapy Help With?

This therapy can assist with injuries and pain management by decreasing soft tissue inflammation. It reduces swelling around tissues disrupting blood flow, fixes scarred or misaligned fascia and allows greater range of motion, hence relieving pain caused by fibrosis. Myofascial release therapy is beneficial for a variety of conditions, including: 

  • Back and neck pain
  • Whiplash
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lumbar disc herniation
  • Tennis elbow
  • Hip bursitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tension headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Asthma
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  • Chronic pelvic pain syndrome

How Much Does Myofascial Release Therapy in Adelaide Cost?

An hour of myofascial release therapy in Adelaide costs approximately $90 to $95. The price may be higher depending on the extent of treatment or the nature of the client's health concern. Additional fees will apply for home visits and appointments after business hours.

How Many Practitioners of Myofascial Release Therapy are Based in Adelaide?

A large number of health professionals in Adelaide practice myofascial release therapy but no data is currently available. In spite of this, numerous studies show that it is widely practised, particularly by osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists and sports massage therapists.

How Many People in Adelaide Use Myofascial Release Therapy?

Several Adelaide residents receive myofascial release therapy for a range of injuries and conditions to deal with their pain or dysfunction. Recent studies indicate that the number of residents undergoing myofascial release therapy treatment has increased by 4-5% since 2004.