Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. Myofascial release relaxes contracted muscles, improves blood and lymphatic circulation, and improves range of motion.
Fascia is the soft tissue component of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, nerves and organs. It provides support and protection for most structures within the human body. In the normal healthy state the Myofascia is relaxed and soft. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When you experience physical trauma or inflammation the Myofascia loses is pliability. It can become tight, restricted and a source of tension throughout the rest of the body. Trauma, surgery or habitual poor posture has a cumulative effect over time, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and diminished blood flow.
Myofascial Release is an effective hands-on therapy which can directly change and improve health of the fascia. The purpose of Myofascial Release is to break down scar tissue, relax the muscle and myofascia, restore good posture, and decrease pain and increase range of motion.
Myofascial Release technique is applied directly on the body and uses slow and sometimes deep pressure to restore the proper health of the fascia. The tissue is loaded with a constant force until release occurs through the layers of the fascia. Practitioners use knuckles, elbows, or stretching techniques to slowly stretch and release the restricted fascia.
Myofascial Release therapy has been used effectively for:
The benefits of using Myofascial Release therapy includes:
In general Myofascial Release is used to improve the health of the muscles and fascia, improve circulation and restore good posture.
Adapted from: DiGiovanna, Eileen; Stanley Schiowitz, Dennis J. Dowling (2005) . “Myofascial (Soft Tissue) Techniques (Chapter 12)”.
An Osteopathic Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment (Third ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. pp. 80–82.
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