Myofascial Release refers to a collection of massage techniques designed to release “stuck” or adhered layers of fascial tissue.
Myofascial Release is designed to help restore proper, pain-free movement and function to your body.
This method of treatment is accomplished by working the web of connective tissue known as the fascia.
Often Myofascial Release techniques are applied slowly, with the therapist actively engaging the tissue and feeling for a release.
Fascia is a truly incredible, complex system of connective tissue that weaves throughout the entire body in several layers.
One way of visualizing fascia is as a full-body suit of nylon.
Among it’s known functions, fascia separates, encases, and supports muscles, internal organs and nerves. It acts as a shock absorbing medium and as a medium for conveying information within the body. Studies are currently underway to learn more about fascia.
In a healthy state, fascia has an almost gelatinous quality.
When dysfunctional, fascia can become hardened and thickened.
Problems in fascia can occur for many reasons. Some of the most common include:
When fascia becomes thickened, hardened, or “stuck”, it pulls and causes tension in other regions of the fascial web.
This phenomenon prevents fascia from being able to distribute force optimally and evenly, which prevents muscles from gliding easily over one another.