Myofascial release is a therapeutic combination of physical therapy and massage, focusing on the importance of the global system that connects all the muscles, bones and organs.
A combining form meaning muscle.
Fascia is a band or sheet of connective tissue that attaches, stabilizes, encloses and separates muscles and internal organs. Similar to ligaments and tendons, fascia is made up of fibrous connective tissue containing fibers oriented in a pattern parallel to the direction of pull. It provides support and flexibility to all structures of the body.
Overuse, repetitive postures, surgeries, injuries, etc can lead to muscular restrictions, aka trigger points. Trigger points can be defined as a sensitive area of muscle which causes local and/or referred discomfort, limits pliability, has reduced blood flow, and subsequently reduces joint and overall mobility.
Injury, trauma, poor posture and chronic inflammation can cause Fascial Restrictions where the fascial fibers adhere, tighten, shorten and thicken. Generally hard tight and tender, these areas put abnormal pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, bones, organs and the brain often causing inefficient functioning, pain, restriction of motion or structural misalignment.
Benefits of a Myofascial Release Appointment include:
- Reduced myofascial pain
- Improved ease of movement
- Speedup post-workout recovery
- Improved sports/activity performance
- Improved recovery from injury
- Injury prevention
- Improved joint range of motion
- Stress reduction
- Reduced scar tissue and adhesions