Myofascial release therapy is a soft tissue technique that focuses on stretching muscles and fascia. Fascia is a soft tissue structure that surrounds our body, like a transparent cobweb that covers it from head to toes. By applying a gentle pressure and generating heat from the touch, fascia then is encouraged to lengthen. This allows muscles to relax and go back to their best functional position.
Myofascial Release Therapy– what can it treat?
Myofascial release therapy is the most effective in restoring mobility and increasing range of movement. This often enhances healing and reduces muscular pains. Chronic injuries and postural problems benefit the most from this technique. That includes: long-term back problems, repeated headaches, fibromyalgia, general stiffness and arthritis.
A lot of old and repetitive injuries can also be healed with myofascial release by reducing a scar tissue and increasing mobility. Many people have also noticed improvement of breathing as myofascial release helps for ribcage and its muscles to expand more.
What to expect?
Myofascial release therapy is usually a part of remedial or deep tissue massage. This technique is slow and gentle and can be compared to peeling an onion: stretching and opening the fascia layer by layer. Your therapist will use long and smooth strokes, moving the fascia in the right directions.
In opposite of loosening muscles, releasing fascia can take time because it only responds to slow and gentle manipulations. Chronic and stubborn tightness often need a bit more persuasion and patience. It is important not to get discouraged by lack of sudden improvement. Tension is usually reduced after a few treatments and improvement in mobility gradually increases.
Although the treatment is gently and slow, some people experience a bit of soreness after the session. This is due the body adjusting to new position of muscle and fascia. Drinking plenty of water and warm shower usually help to soothe the discomfort.