Myofascial release is a complementary therapy that promises to relieve skeletal muscle discomfort and immobility by loosening tight muscles, enhancing blood and lymphatic circulation, and triggering the stretch reflex in muscles.
- The fascia, the connective tissue that runs throughout your body, is worked on via myofascial release. Fascia, on the other hand, does not exist “separately” from your muscles; rather, it surrounds and permeates them, making a facial therapy automatically effective on your muscles as well.
- In contrast to muscles, fascia flows continually through your body, linking every part of it together.
- Myofascial Release is not a single method. It is an umbrella phrase used to represent a variety of treatments that aim to release the fascia, similar to how the term “Sports Massage” is used.
- Myofascial Release is performed without the use of any substance, such as oil or crème, unlike massage. This makes it possible for the therapist’s hands to engage with the connective tissue (fascia) more firmly as opposed to just gliding over it.
- Myofascial Release may be broadly divided into two methods. Direct Myofascial Release involves the therapist applying pressure to the fascia in a manner similar to a deep tissue massage without the use of oil. With indirect myofascial release, the therapist follows the fascia and uses a listening touch to locate impediments.
- Myofascial Release can be used to treat a variety of diseases, including rotator cuff injuries, low back pain, neck discomfort with accompanying headaches, sciatica, and sports and overuse injuries.