Massage Therapy: Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release refers to the manual technique of stretching the fascia with the aim of relieving pain and restoring healthy function of the body’s tissues and structures. Fascia is a seamless web of connective tissue located between the skin and the underlying structure of muscle and bone that covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures in the body. Injuries, stress, trauma, and poor posture can cause restrictions in the fascia. Since fascia is an interconnected web, the restriction or tightness of fascia at one place can spread with time to other places in the body, much like a sweater being pulled at one point has distortion at other areas.
Myofascial Release Therapy utilizes gentle, kneading manipulation that softly stretches, softens, lengthens and realigns fascia. After careful observation of the client’s posture, the massage therapist will palpate for stressed areas of the body. When restricted areas are found, the massage therapist will gently stretch tissues in the direction of the muscle fibers. This stretch is held for a couple of minutes until a softening or release is felt. These stretches are repeated until the tension is completely relaxed. A Myofascial Release session may last up to an hour and can be administered one to three times per week depending on the client’s condition and response to care.
Myofascial Release Therapy can be used to treat back pain, help those with frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia, headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, tennis or golfer’s elbow, shin splints, sprains, rheumatoid and osteo arthritis, muscle spasms, whiplash injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome. This therapy is often integrated with other forms of massage.