What Is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release is a type of physical therapy often used to treat myofascial pain syndrome, a chronic pain disorder caused by sensitivity and tightness in the tissues that surround and support the muscles throughout your body (the fascia).
How Does Myofascial Release Work?
Your therapist will gently massage the myofascia and feel for stiff or tightened areas. Normal myofascia should feel pliable and elastic. The therapist will begin massaging and stretching the areas that feel rigid with light manual pressure. The process is repeated multiple times on the same trigger point and on other trigger points until the therapist feels the tension is fully released.
Who Might Benefit From It?
Research has shown improvements in a wide variety of conditions, including fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neck and back pain. Studies have also shown sustained improvements in pain scores, quality of life, sleep quality, pain sensitivity, anxiety levels and general physical function. Myofascial Release does not pose any significant health risks, ask your trusted healthcare provider.