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.

Myofascial release is a safe and effective massage technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure to the trigger points to alleviate pain and restore movement and function within the joints and soft tissue. This therapy can be effective for a wide range of ailments including congenital vertebral abnormalities, fatigue, menstrual and pelvic pain, sports injuries.

Who Might Benefit From Myofascial Release?

Myofascial release can be effective for a wide range of ailments, including pain, restrictive movement, muscle spasms, neurological dysfunction, head and birth injury, congenital vertebral abnormalities, scoliosis, menstrual and pelvic pain and dysfunction, headaches, geriatrics, sports injuries, pediatrics, chronic fatigue.

Myofascial release is emerging as a technique with immense potential. Some significant studies have proven its benefits among various conditions such as:

  • Chronic low back pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Postmenopausal women
  • Chronic pelvic pain

Myofascial Release Techniques

Myofascial release strokes are performed with fingers, loose fists, forearms, or elbows and are executed slowly to minimize activation of the myotatic/stretch reflex. The stroke is taken to the appropriate depth, and it is important the therapist continuously feels contact with the fascial layer and registers the body’s response. By applying body weight, the stroke slowly slides through the tissue.

The stroke angle can also be modified during implementation to ensure a continued stretch effect in the fascial structure. Typically, a 45-degree angle into both the tissue and treatment direction will ensure the desired stretch effect.

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