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International Journal of Orthopaedics and Physiotherapy

Vol. 6, Issue 1, Part A (2024)

Unlocking relief: Myofascial release in chronic musculoskeletal pain management


Mainak Sur, Sujata Deb Roy, Pritam Singha and Kamalika Bhattacharjee


This narrative review delves into the potential of myofascial release, a manual therapy technique, to effectively manage chronic musculoskeletal pain and enhance overall quality of life. By examining its evolving efficacy, the review underscores the significance of a comprehensive approach in addressing this issue. The focus of myofascial release is on the fascial system, aiming to restore tissue mobility, alleviate pain, and enhance muscular function. The review delves into the underlying mechanisms through which myofascial release works, including its ability to target adhesions, promote better blood flow, and influence pain pathways. Conditions such as fibromyalgia, low back pain, and neck pain are explored to showcase the clinical benefits of this technique. The review highlights the diverse range of techniques available for myofascial release, encompassing both manual and instrument-assisted methods. It emphasizes the importance of tailoring these approaches to the specific needs of individuals. The integration of myofascial release into personalized treatment plans is stressed, demonstrating its role within a broader strategy for managing chronic musculoskeletal pain effectively. A key aspect addressed by the review is the necessity for evidence-based practices. It acknowledges that optimal outcomes are achievable when myofascial release is applied following proper training and guidelines. The review provides an updated perspective on the efficacy of myofascial release, encompassing mechanisms, benefits, techniques, and challenges. In conclusion, this narrative review offers a renewed understanding of how myofascial release can effectively address chronic musculoskeletal pain. By emphasizing its integration into personalized treatment plans, it holds the potential to significantly improve pain relief and overall quality of life for individuals dealing with these challenges.

Pages: 17-20  |  378 Views  195 Downloads

International Journal of Orthopaedics and Physiotherapy
How to cite this article:
Mainak Sur, Sujata Deb Roy, Pritam Singha and Kamalika Bhattacharjee. Unlocking relief: Myofascial release in chronic musculoskeletal pain management. Int. J. Orthop. Physiother. 2024;6(1):17-20. DOI: 10.33545/26648989.2024.v6.i1a.20
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