Myofascial Release Technique
The FENIX Rehab System's myofascial release technique, ideal for chronic
myofascial trigger points in muscles and tendons with fibrosis and
- First follow steps 1-5 as outlined in "Steps in Basic FENIX Therapeutic
Pressure Application" in the Basic FENIX
- When you get to step 6, instead of applying constant, sustained pressure to
the TP, you vary the treatment as follows:
|Rhomboid/mid-trapezius release for mid-back/shoulder pain
||Supraspinatus tendon/anterior deltoid m. for shoulder tendonitis
- With The trigger pointunder therapeutic compression you slowly stretch the
muscle containing the TP.
- For example, if you are treating the TPs of the infraspinatus or Rhomboid
muscle on your left for mid-back/ shoulder pain, take your right hand and grasp
your left elbow, then slowly pull your left elbow across your chest, stretching
the shoulder muscle under therapy (see picture).
- Each area of your body can be treated this way by stretching the tissues
being treated with compression, causing the therapeutic digit to stroke through
the barrier of the involved myofascial tissue. Always use lubricant on bare
- Your clinician can give you specific instruction on which muscles can be
treated this way and how it is to be accomplished. Review your DVD instructions
for a visual representation of this technique.
- Another form of myofascial release technique is more easily accomplished by
slowly introducing motion into the tissue being treated with therapeutic
compression, by moving a body part, e.g. the neck, trunk, arm or leg, in a slow
back and forth motion. This motion will cause the therapeutic digit to stroke
through the barrier of the involved myofascial tissue. Keep your skin in contact
with the digit, and move across the muscle tissue under the skin by moving the
overlying skin with the digit. With some minor experimentation on your part you
may find the most effective way to release your trigger points with this
- Or you can accomplish a deep Transverse Friction Massage by slightly
oscillating across the digit by gently pushing and/or pulling with your feet or
hands against the floor, creating a rocking motion. With this technique, keep
your skin in contact with the digit and move across the muscle or tendon by
moving the overlying skin. This technique is good for fibrotic changes in
muscles and tendons.
- Using Lubrication: In the three techniques described above
in this Myofascial release section you can use PROSSAGE Heat, either by
applying a few drops on the digit or directly on the skin overlying the
treatment area. PROSSAGE Heat is an ideal therapeutic product which warms the
tissue and allows for a smooth glide of the digit through the involved tissue.
- Finish the treatment of The trigger pointby following the instructions in
steps 9-12. After treatment with the FENIX, always stretch the muscles (See the Stretching Guide).