I am curious on everyone's experience with myofascial release.
I am 6 months post BMX (no reconstruction) and have had severe chest tightness since surgery with very little relief. Although professionals have meant well, I have been hard pressed to find anyone local that understands what is going on (including myself 😀). I have done regular PT, acupuncture, traditional massage, and chiropractics without any noticeable relief.
Through reading through these forums, myofascial release sounds promising, but I am trying to manage my expectations. I went to one facility and have had about 15 hours worth of treatment (over the course of a month and a half) and have not noticed any improvement. They did not work directly on my chest, but did a lot with my legs, abdomen, back, neck, etc, explaining to me that all fascia was connected and this slow working from the outside fringes was the best way and that it will be successful, but take a long time. The treatment doesn't feel like much and it is more tedious than anything else.
I recently went for a second opinion and this therapist could not be more different (although both places say they practice the John Barnes protocol). He works only on my incision and chest area and works a lot with my scar and the surrounding area. He also uses heat and ultrasound. The sessions seem so intense that I feel convinced I will walk out after each session with noticeable improvement, yet I don't. I have had about 5 hours with him so far and overall any improvement is too slight for me to really categorize.
What is everyone else's experience?
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