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Myofascial Release Therapy is a treatment option that many people are not aware of. It is a hands-on type of therapy that is particularly effective for fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, and can be quite helpful for many other types of chronic pain as well. What It Is To understand what Myofascial Release Therapy is, it's important to know what fascia is. Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds, supports and stabilizes every muscle, bone, organ, nerve, blood vessel and cell in the body. It forms a continuous web from head to toe. Think of a piece of raw chicken. Between the skin and the meat you'll find a layer of thin white tissue – that is the fascia. The fascia is normally fluid and moves easily, but when there is an injury, the fascia constricts to protect the injured area. Usually when the injury heals, the fascia relaxes and goes back to its normal state. However, sometimes it can get bound up and crea...
Three years ago, because of increasing misuse and abuse of opioid medications––particularly extended-release (ER) and long-acting (LA) opioids like OxyContin––the FDA began working on the development of what they call a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) . Earlier this week, the FDA announced that they had approved a REMS that applies to ER and LA opioids.
According to the FDA, “The REMS is part of a federal initiative to address the prescription drug abuse, misuse, and overdose epidemic. The REMS introduces new safety measures designed to reduce risks and improve the safe use of ER/LA opioids, while ensuring access to needed medications for patients in pain.”
“Misprescribing, misuse, and abuse of extended-release and long-acting opioids are a critical and growing public health challenge,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “The FDA’s goal with this REMS approval is to ensure that health ...
A study recently published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that myofascial release therapy significantly improved many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia including pain, sleep quality, anxiety and quality of life. Myofascial release therapy (MRT) is a type of massage that applies very gentle sustained pressure to various parts of the body in order to release fascial restrictions. Study Design Fibromyalgia patients were divided into two groups. The experimental group, consisting of 30 individuals, received 90-minute MRT sessions once a week for 20 weeks. The control group of 29 individuals received a weekly 30-minute session of disconnected magnetotherapy for 20 weeks. (Patients in the control group did not know they were receiving a sham therapy.) The following instruments were used to measure symptom severity:
Pain – Visual Analog Scale
Anxiety – State-Trait Anxiety Inventory
Depression – Be...
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