The term “myofascial” refers to muscle and surrounding fascia, or connective tissue and to help you understand how Myofascial Release works, a brief understanding of fascia is necessary.
Fascia not only surrounds the muscles and divides them into groups, but it is also major part of their internal structure. It not only connects every muscle, tendon, ligament, bone, and organ in our bodies, but also separates the body into its different compartments. It is, in fact, one continuous system that supports and attaches to all the body’s structures. So you begin to see how important fascia is in maintaining the body’s balance and natural state.
Myofascial Release is a technique that is used to free the body from fascial restrictions. Years of poor posture, injury or physical trauma and stress can produce distortions and restrictions within the fascia. It loses its suppleness, its ability to stretch and move. This can lead to abnormal movement patterns, which can lead to further postural problems, recurring injuries, pain and joint problems. By applying specific, sustained pressure into these restrictions to gently stretch and soften the fascia, normal balance and function can be restored and pain reduced.