Myofascial Disruption Technique

myofacial disruption therapy

Myofascial Disruption Technique, also referred to as MFDT, is an increasingly popular hands-on method of treating soft tissue injuries.


Our bodies contain a surprising amount of soft tissue, with many people surprised to learn that the term ‘soft tissue’ encompasses muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as the generic soft tissues that make up the musculoskeletal system.


The fascia is the term used to describe the sheets and bands of fibrous connective tissue that can envelop, separate or bind together the soft tissues in the body. This fascia spreads from the head to the feet without interruption, protecting and providing structure for all the parts of our body, acting as a shock absorber and supporting our immune system in protecting our health.

Myofascial Pain Disorder


Unfortunately, the fascia is invisible to most standard forms of imaging and testing, including x-rays, CAT scans, myelograms and more. This means that issues with the fascia are often misdiagnosed or remain undiagnosed. Nevertheless, myofascial pain syndrome is the most common problem that affects this element of our bodies. It occurs when pressure on sensitive points in your muscles cause pain and discomfort, and sometimes this is felt in parts of the body that are seemingly unrelated.


Signs of myofascial pain include:

  • Deep, aching pain in a muscle
  • A tender knot within a muscle
  • Problems sleeping due to discomfort
  • Pain that persists or worsens no matter what you do to try and alleviate it


Anyone can develop myofascial pain disorder, but it is more common in patients who work or participate in recreational activities that involve repetitive movement. This is because repeating the same movements over and over can cause stress-related muscle tension that leads to myofascial pain disorder.

What is involved in myofascial disruption technique?


Myofascial disruption technique is a very successful treatment that can help to alleviate pain associated with myofascial pain disorder. It involves using a range of stretches and compressions, all of which are applied with gentle, sustained pressure, with the intention of releasing stress from the fascial system. The technique is deceptive in that the movements and pressures used during the treatment are very gentle – so gentle in fact that many people feel relaxed enough to fall asleep. However, within a few days, patients begin to notice an improvement in their symptoms. This is because it takes several days for the fascia to begin to soften and release the nerves, blood vessels and muscles, enabling better circulation of oxygenated blood, reducing inflammation and alleviating the pain that you have been experiencing.

Other conditions that can benefit from myofascial disruption technique


Myofascial disruption technique is not only effective at treating myofascial pain disorder, it has also been shown to be beneficial in reducing or eliminating a range of other conditions that can affect the musculoskeletal system including:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis


Our experienced chiropractic team are able to offer the myofascial disruption technique right here at our office in Sanford, NC. If you would like to discover more about this popular treatment, or to book an appointment, please contact our office at .