How To Myofascial Release Massage – Hands On, Hands Off

By Michael

September 21, 2018

In a single given year, millions upon millions of individuals report to have fallen victim to horrendous muscle pain. Many of these individuals equally sharing a common trait.

They can’t seem to figure out the root of their cause. And with every awaking minute, the pain just seems to persist like a never ending book and movie series.

Most muscle pains come in sprouts, others come and go, and some just can’t pack up their bags and move out.

The type of pain I’m referring to is Myofascial pain syndrome. It’s a disorder in which pressure on your sensitive points in your muscles will cause pain in seemingly unrelated parts of your body.

Unlike a pulled muscle, or aching muscle pain, myofascial pain syndrome attacks the most softest tissues in your body, making it feel as if you’re ready to explode.

This syndrome often happens because of two most common reasons:

  • repeated muscle overuse
  • Injury to your muscle

Something as small as bending forward, moving backwards, moving side to side, and twisting will awaken the holy grail and cause you persistent pain…

Try walking with it, and you’ll feel the wrath of what a real muscle pain feels like. Let’s not go down that road.

Your symptoms include but are not limited to a persistent pain, or a tender muscle knot.

In the most unforgiving of circumstances, you’ll find yourself learning how to myofascial release massage so you can get rid of these symptoms you’re having.

It’s important you understand how to properly go about treating your myofascial pain the right way, and not wait for it to become persistent over time.

So for that, I’ve created this article to help you not only learn a thing or two about your myofascial pain syndrome, but to apply the right treatments.

What you’ll get out from here today are:

  1. How Myofascial pain works itself into your body
  2. The common parts of your body
  3. Lower back pain and myofascial pain
  4. And how you should fix it.

No time to rest, lets get right into it!

How Does Myofascial Pain Work Inside Of You?

Myofascial pain is like the uninvited guest showing up at your door on the most random of times. You were not ready for it, you will have to deal with it. Which leads me the cause of it.

It’s unknown!

Science can’t prove exactly how your symptoms arose, but they can make a composed prediction. Things like:

  • prior injuries
  • poor sleep patterns
  • stressful life situations
  • depression

Are all common conditions that play a role in taunting and flattering your myofascial pain syndrome.

Most notably is the fact that you can not prevent it from taking place. You just have to keep your head up and be ready when it decides to strike. When you get this type of pain, it centralizes on a muscle.

In conjunction to causing you chronic lower back pain, it will cause muscle pain in your:

  • upper back
  • neck

And although you’ll feel it on both sides of your body, it will affect one more than the other. At the source of it are muscle spasms and tenderness in the painful areas.

There’s an old saying that goes:

” Treat thy pain, and conquer thy self”

It’s quite a bold statement used by the early Renaissance ads in the 14th century. They went about their plans different than we do now.

How do they proceeded in treating muscle pain was by placing people in a bath of steaming hot water, and when I mean hot, thank god their was no type of melting nor burning.

Heat has been used for centuries to loosen up muscle pain, and promote better blood circulation to the area of pain. And while heat treated lesser of pains on the shorter end of the spectrum, their ways about treating more severe chronic pain was flawed.

They didn’t go about releasing muscle pain directly.

Have You Heard of Myofascial Release?

Myofascial release is a type of physical therapy used to treat your myofascial pain syndrome. There’s short term myofascial pain, and then their is chronic pain.

As your pain becomes stronger, the tissues around your tight muscles become weaker, and easier to trigger a response – other wise known as “trigger points”.

When you think about making a plan to treat your syndrome, you should start off at the ground level before you do anything else.

That’s where the myofascial release plan comes into fruition. It focuses on reducing your trigger points by:

  1. Easing your tension.
  2. Easing your tightness.

You’ll likely never be able to pin point which trigger point is the reason for your pain.

You can’t trace it back to any root. That’s why myofascial release works on every trigger point throughout your body rather than a single point

How Does Myofascial Release Work For you?

When’s the last time you had a massage? Did you look on their menu board and see a myofascial release? Likely not, but it is there.

Business Massage:

Most massage institutions and businesses offer this type of service. Some chiropractors and medical practitioners may offer it too.

This is the run down of how it goes step by step:

  1. You go to lay down on a massage table
  2. Your therapist examines your body, and will gently massage your myofascial to feel for stiff, tender, and tightened areas.
  3. Your therapist will begin to apply light pressure and start to massage and stretch the areas you feel rigid in.
  4. Now, your therapist will apply a little pressure and follow his or her hands along your body, releasing you from pressure and tightness
  5. This process will be repeated about a couple more times in the same area, and others until he or she feels your tension is fully released.

So What’s Your Goal?

The goal of all this is to stretch and loosen your fascia(your entire network of muscles in your body)so that other valuable parts of your body can move more fluidly and stat flexible.

Additional Treatments

The great thing about myofascial pain syndrome is that you’re not limited to one option. It doesn’t serve as a substitute, but a complement to massage therapy with:

  • Non-painkillers. Using acetaminophen and Ibuprofen
  • applying direct heat to your constricted muscles or using ice to calm your swollen areas.
  • Perform self-stretching exercises to maintain your flexibility, strength and range of motion. Partner it with aerobic activities to promote better blood flow.

In my journey to treat my own muscle knots, and decrease the volume of my muscle trigger points, I have taken it upon myself to apply direct heat in the mornings, and when its most convenient. The other thing I do in the course of my day is something you might have already thought of…

light stretching.

Just enough that it keeps me lose, and keeping my lower back pain from crawling up at any instant.

Nothing can replace a quality massage, but their’s no greater reward than treating my muscle pain myself.

After extensive help with physicians and massage after massage, I decided to try alternatives. What started with using heating pads to calm muscle stiffness and promote better blood flow, turned into using gym equipment like muscle rollers, and myofascial release massage balls.

The keys to your treatment are to increase your range of motion while promoting better blood circulation to your areas of pain.

How To Myofascial Release Massage With A Tennis Ball

Do you have Sciatic nerve pain?

I know that feeling of have a shooting rush of pain go from your spinal nerve down to one leg to your knee, and right back up to your head, it’s painful, but there is an outbreak…

You can actually perform a myofascial release massage all by yourself with the help of just a Tennis Ball(believe it or not). It works!

If you’d like to treat your back with a tennis ball, and also learn about more Sciatica Nerve Pain Treatment options, go here.

Your Outlook Is Positive

There’s a lot to take away from having myofascial pain syndrome, one of those being that it gets you to be more active. I don’t look at is a drawback, because it would allow me to stay on my toes, and stay accountable for exercising.

In the course of this article you have learned what myofascial pain syndrome is, how to identify the causes along with its symptoms, your treatments, and alternative treatments that don’t require the use of someone else to help you.

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment. I’ll be more than happy to help you.


About the author

Hi My name is Michael Granados, I am of the age of 25 years, and I’m a back pain enthusiast, and expert. All of us have had or will have lower back pain at least once in our lives, and whether it’s acute or a more chronic condition, you can depend on us here at Remove Back Pain to take great care of you. I ensure you’ll take the right and most appropriate steps for you to heal the safest and most productive way. Get ready for a better lifestyle!

  • Hi Michael, A very enlightening article that most of us can relate to. I think everyone suffers from some kind of muscle pain from one time to another and you have provided some great information to help others, thankyou.
    regards Cass

    • Hi Cassandra,

      Glad you see the importance of helping treat a muscle pain. Something so small can become a much larger identity, and that can really break down any activities worth doing. I appreciate your response, thank you!

  • Hi Michael, I’m not sure that I’ve ever heard of myofascial treatment before. It’s very interesting and at the same time makes sense that massage would help to ease and heal pain.
    I will keep this in mind the next time I have pain. But the question I have is, can myofascial treatment help peripheral neuropathy or numbness in my feet? I don’t have pain, only the numbness.

    • Hi Rob,

      Myofascial is like a hidden gem in the rough. It’s a great alternative to general massages, as it targets overall trigger points in the body. It’s hard to always tell which part of the body is causing pain, so to do an overall technique massage works very well.

      Absolutely! Myofascial release massage trigger point therapy will do the job very well. It’s a form of massage, and any form of massage with well applied pressure will help bring oxygen to the area, which is what you will need the most. I’ve had familiar members with similar numbness issues and it’s worked well for them. Let me know if you have further concerns, or questions. I’ll be happy to help.

      Thank you,


  • Thanks for the great article, it was clear, concise and just easy to read! Myofascial massage sounds really great for people experiencing back pains, it just so common in today’s society with us always sitting down on our devices. Thanks for the info!

    • Hi Danielle,

      Myofascial release massage is truly a life saver. It’s one of the methods less known to back pain suffered but it gets used quite often without them knowing. If you run a foam roller or tennis ball over your areas of pain, it’s badically the same concept, without the hands from a professional. Definitely, it is extremely helpful, and better than turning to harmful drugs. Thank you!

  • I am always looking for a solution to my back pain that doesn’t involve becoming another casualty of the opioid epidemic. This article really opened my eyes to some new ideas that I had never considered before. Thanks so much for the great post. Gonna check these out right away.

    • Hi Brandon,

      I’m happy with the first sentence you used! I couldn’t begin to tell you, not on a statistical level but more personal level, how many people use opioids and lesser effective drugs like NSAIDS and acetaminophen. There are so many different substitutes, natural medicine being one of them. Go after them as fast as you can, act quick. A myofasical release massage will really get those tough muscle knots out, and help you get rid of on going muscle spasms. Thank you!

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