A Chiropractor in Vancouver WA Asks: What is Myofascial Therapy?

The last blog post discussed myofascial therapy and how it can benefit a person experiencing facia pain. This post will further explain what myofascial therapy is and how it can benefit you if you are dealing with pain.

Myofascial therapy has also been called myofascial release therapy and myofascial trigger point therapy. This therapy is considered a safe, low load stretch aimed at releasing the pain and tightness caused by myofascial pain syndrome. When a person is suffering from myofascial pain syndrome, they are experiencing chronic muscle pain that may be worse in certain areas, which are referred to as trigger points.

To understand the importance of myofascial therapy, you need to know what the fascia is. If you were to take a close look at the fascia, you would see that it is a three-dimensional web permeating throughout the body. Envision in your mind a layer of connective tissue that begins with the top layer directly under the skin and extending down two layers.

This continuous system runs from the bottom of the feet all of the way to the top of the head and consists of three layers:

  • The superficial fascia lies directly beneath your skin. Its function is to store fat and water, allowing the nerves to run through it. It also provides muscles and has the ability to move the skin.
  • The deep fascia surrounds and infuses with your muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels. This happens at the cellular level.
  • The deepest fascia sits inside the dura of cranial sacral system.


If you suspect that you are suffering from myofascial pain syndrome and want to understand your symptoms, consider seeking help from an experienced chiropractor in Vancouver WA. Click here to read about our services at A Family and Sports Chiropractic Clinic.