Myofascial release is a gentle and hands-on treatment that involves applying sustained but gradual pressure into the myofascial connective tissue. The fascia is the thin layer of tissue that is located beneath the skin. It covers, attaches, and separates every muscle, every fiber within each muscle, and internal organs. The muscle fibers and the fascia that covers them become short and tight when there’s an injury, resulting in limited mobility and pain.
How It Works:
Myofascial release relieves the uneven tightness by stretching small areas of the affected muscle at a time. As the skin and the fascia underneath are stretched, it reaches deeper layers of muscle and nerves.
A myofascial release session is performed directly on the skin using the hands. Unlike other treatments, it doesn’t use oils, creams or other equipment. This hands-on treatment allows the therapist to accurately pinpoint fascial restrictions and apply the proper amount of sustained pressure.
Myofascial Release Therapy Is Ideal For:
Myofascial release is ideal for those who have injuries or chronic back pain, strains, a compressed nerve from a herniated disc, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Other causes of myofascialrestrictions are trauma, inflammatory responses, or surgical procedures. Patients seek myofascial treatment if they are experiencing pain in any area that contains soft tissue.
Myofascial Release Therapy Is Great If You Are Experiencing the Following Symptoms:
- Pain in any parts of the body, including headaches, back pain or shoulder, or hip pain
- Motion restrictions, causing the body to be out of alignment
- Excessive pressure on muscles or joints
Benefits of Myofascial Release:
- It increases blood flow.
Many studies have shown that myofascial release can improve vascular functions as it gets rid of tensions that may be restricting the flow of fluids.
- It improves range of motion.
After several sessions of myofascial release therapy, the patient experiences an improved range of motion. This helps restore optimal length-tension.
- It speeds up muscle recovery.
Myofascial release promotes better circulation to muscles and connective tissues which results in less muscle soreness. It also improves muscle function.
- It alleviates chronic pain.
Myofascial release therapy promotes the release of endorphins, which are our natural pain killers.
- It improves sleep.
When joint or muscle pain is alleviated, restless sleep becomes a thing of the past.
- It reduces anxiety and depression.
Myofascial release therapy has a calming effect on the nervous system, which reduces anxiety and depression.