Does the Relief Last?
When a patient experiences a muscle twitch response during treatment (usually the twitch is felt by the patient but occasionally it is only observed by the clinician) it is an indication that some myofibrils in sustained contraction have released. The proportion of contracted myofibrils released with each twitch response varies by patient, depending on muscle fibre type, length of time that the fibres have been in contraction and the patient’s own genetic influences on muscle tone.
Once myofibrils release, the muscle fibres usually return to a state that is close to normal function, although they are typically weak, requiring rest.
Our observation is that in general, newly released muscle fibres are at risk of returning to a contracted state if reinjured. Accordingly, we recommend that myoActivation patients rest for several days after treatment, avoiding loading the muscles, ballistic force and repetitive motion. The treating physician provides individualized post treatment advice to each patient.
We have observed that most myoActivation patients that follow post-treatment advice find their muscles return to normal and remain that way unless reinjured.