Myofascial Release Therapy is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate restrictions that are impeding progress. Fascia is a very dense covering of the muscles that very closely resembles a spider web or a sweater. Fascia penetrates every part of the body such as your nerves, muscles, bones, arteries and veins. In addition to these, it also covers your internal organs such as your lungs, heart, liver, brain and spinal cord.
The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings; it is one fully connecting system that encompasses the whole body in an unending fascial covering from head to toe. In this way, you can begin to imagine that each and every part of your body is connected and as the muscles release, it resembles the yarn of a sweater slowly unravelling. Upon locating an area of fascial tension, gentle, steady pressure is applied in the direction of the restriction and muscle fiber. Myofascial Release Therapy is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of range of motion, chronic pain and headaches.
Here's an easier way to understand Myofascial Release Therapy: Think of your favorite, old and worn out t-shirt. It is very relaxed and stretched out - very comfortable. When you pull on the fabric, the fibers pull in all directions and it breathes easily. This is how your muscles should feel. Now, think of a brand new t-shirt, one that hasn't been washed or worn. Now add starch to it. Does it move well? Does it feel comfortable? Not at all! The fibers are immobile, stuck together and unable to breathe. This is what happens when your muscles and the fascia are bound down. Performing the release helps to restore movement & encourage proper blood flow.