Groundbreaking study widens treatment options for fibromyalgia

myofascial massage for fibromyalgia

Have you heard about fascia, myofascial release therapy and how it helps fibromyalgia?

If you have not then you need to read more here...

In 2011 a European study, including myofascial release treatments, found significant reduction in fibromyalgia pain even weeks after the treatments had finished. So, long lasting pain relief!

Effects of myofascial release techniques on pain, physical function, and postural stability in patients with fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial

Eighty-six patients with fibromyalgia syndrome were enrolled in the study. 
Outcome measures were assessed before and immediately after, at six months and one year after the last session of the corresponding intervention.


After 20 weeks of myofascial therapy, the group showed a significant improvement in painful tender points, McGill Pain Score, physical function, and clinical severity. 
At six months after the trial had finished, there was a significantly lower number of painful points, pain score, physical function and clinical severity. 
Myofascial release therapy is a combination of manual traction and prolonged assisted stretching manoeuvers to break up fascial adhesions.

muscle fascia diagram
Fascia could be the answer to a lot of questions
about structure, movement, stability, pain and healing. Deep Recovery

What Is Fascia?
In the broadest sense, fascia, is a thin layer of connective tissue that surrounds every muscle in your body. It is the area targeted in myofascial release therapy.

Why is muscle fascia important?
You could refer to fascia as the connection component of the body. Fascia is, after all, another way to refer to connective tissue. Fascia is the tissue that connects everything into one big interconnected whole. With this in mind then, you could imagine that tension or length experienced in the muscle is in a relationship with the tension or length in the fascia. Fascia is an important component of maintaining the tensional patterns of the body and can be a part of allowing or restricting movements.
 “Figuring out Fibromyalgia: Current science and the most effective treatments” is a book by Dr Ginevra Liptan, that helps us understand fascia in fibromyalgia muscle pain and therefore treatment of muscle pain.

So it seems, because of the scientific evidence in this book, treating the fascia will be the way forward in resolving fibromyalgia muscle pain.

Dr Liptan believes that fascia is the missing link in our understanding of fibromyalgia.  She is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, and is board-certified in internal medicine. After developing fibromyalgia as a medical student, she spent many years using herself as a guinea pig in a search for effective treatments. She is one of the few clinical specialists in the world to focus solely on fibromyalgia, and directs The Frida Center for Fibromyalgia in Portland, Oregon. She also serves as medical advisor to the Fibromyalgia Information Foundation and is on the board for the non-profit Mastering Pain Institute.

She is the author of "The FibroManual: A Complete Fibromyalgia Treatment Guide for You and Your Doctor" and "Figuring out Fibromyalgia: Current Science and the Most Effective Treatments."

myofascial release for fibromyalgia
Practitioner doing myofascial release.

Other books by Dr Liptan

Myofascial Release Therapy has developed over many years from a combination of Rolfing, Yoga and Joint Mobilisation. More about Myofascial Release Therapy.

Find out more about fascia.

You can find a therapist who does myofascial release therapy HERE

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  1. I've been doing myofascial release for a few months now; however, I need to do it more consistently. I tend to do it when the pain is already really nagging me. This is good news. I would like now to have someone give a specific routine that would be good to do daily. Hmm....maybe I should look into that.

    1. Have you been doing it yourself? Probably look on youtube

  2. I actually found a MFR therapist that isn't too far from my home via your link. Thank you!

  3. Great news Katie, I really believe you will see some relief


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