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Myofascial Release in Thunder Bay

What is Myofascial Release (MR)?

person getting their shoulders massagedMR is a soft tissue treatment system, that focuses on adhesion removal that we offer at Outback Chiropractic Clinic. It was discovered that if doctors could feel the adhesion, they could manually relax the muscle while getting under the adhesion with their fingers or thumb. The muscle could then gently be stretched out, breaking up the adhesion causing the pain. The treatment is safe, fast and effective.

The goal of MR is to restore optimal texture, motion, and function of the soft tissue and release any entrapped nerves or blood vessels.

This is accomplished through the removal of adhesions or fibrosis in the soft tissues via the application of specific protocols. Adhesions can occur as a result of acute injury, repetitive motion, and constant pressure or tension. MR eliminates the pain and dysfunction associated with these adhesions.

What Are Adhesions?

Adhesions (scar tissue) are the most rudimentary grade of tissue the body manufactures to repair itself. The fibers are much smaller than normal connective tissue and do not have cross linkages. Adhesions create barriers in muscle tissue resulting in non-compliant muscle activity. Non-compliant muscles exhibit poor circulation, weakness, pain and reduced flexibility. Cramping at night and shin splints are typical signs of non-compliant muscles in the lower limbs. Hand and/or arm pain at night are signs of adhesions in tendons of the upper limbs. Joint pain without swelling or deformity can be caused by muscle-attachment strain adjacent to the involved joints.

Conditions That Can Be Treated

The types of conditions successfully treated with MR are very diverse. Some of the more common conditions are:

  • Ilio tibial band syndrome
  • Impingement syndromes
  • Joint dysfunction
  • Knee meniscus injuries
  • Knee pain
  • Leg injuries
  • Muscle pulls or strains
  • Myofascitis
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve entrapment syndromes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Rib pain

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of clothing should I wear?

We recommend wearing comfortable clothing. There’s no need to disrobe for care as the technique is designed to be done through clothing. We often recommend athletic-type clothing, though it can be carried out in practically anything.

Is there any downtime following a session?

Not at all. In fact, many athletes who participate in extreme or intense activity have this technique carried out during competitions or games. Iron man athletes even undergo sessions and then go out and run a marathon. You’re free to continue your daily activities as you wish after a visit with us.

How does this help with chiropractic care?

Most conditions that we see in this office have a joint component and a soft tissue (muscles, tendons, etc.) component. Adjustments deal with the joint part and muscle release technique helps with the soft tissue part. We’ve found that patients often heal better and more effectively when they undergo both.

What types of conditions does MRT help?

There is a specific protocol for all of the muscles in your body, so we can treat conditions from your jaw down to your finger. Common problems treated include lower back pain, headaches, shoulder pain, elbow pain, and even knee pain. To find out if you’re a candidate for care, we encourage you to schedule a visit with us to get evaluated.

Take the First Step

Contact our team today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Gleeson. We look forward to meeting you soon!


Myofascial Release Thunder Bay ON | (807) 768-2225