What Is MYofascial Release?
Myofascial release is a type of physical therapy often used to treat myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder caused by sensitivity and tightness in your myofascial tissues. These tissues surround and support the muscles throughout your body. The pain usually originates from specific points within your myofascial tissues called “trigger points”.
Myofascial release focuses on reducing pain by easing the tension and tightness in the trigger points. It’s not always easy to understand what trigger point is responsible for the pain. Localizing pain to a specific trigger poin is very difficult. For that reason, myofascial release is often used over a broad area of muscle and tissue rather than at single points
How Does myofascial release work ?
Most myofascial release treatments take place during a massage therapy session.
Your therapist will gently massage the myofascia and feel for tight or tight areas. Normal myofascia should feel flexible and elastic. The therapist will begin to massage and stretch areas that feel stiff with light hand pressure. The therapist then helps the supporting tissue and sheath release pressure and tension. The process is repeated several times at the same trigger point and at other trigger points until the therapist feels that the tension has been fully released.
These areas where the massage therapist is working may not be close to where the pain originates or where you feel the pain most prominently. Myofascial release works the wider network of muscles that may be causing your pain. It attempts to reduce tension throughout the body by releasing trigger points in a wide section of the muscular system.
Why Should you do myofascial release ?
- stress reduction of traumatic origins
- helps to relax
- provides more muscle stretch so there is more freedom between muscle and fascia
- increases joint mobility
- favors the execution of movements
- improve blood circulation and breathing
- helps with muscle recovery
- improve chronic low back pain
- reduce late-onset muscle soreness
- reduce stress and anxiety