What is a myofascial release?

Do you ever find yourself with tight legs, a stiff lower back or even rounded shoulders? If so, you probably have some imbalance in your muscular system. This can result from repetitively poor posture, unnatural human movement, or even a car accident. Most car accident victims find themselves with some level of muscular imbalance. The best form of treatment is what’s called Myofascial Release.

A Myofascial Release is so effective is because it releases the knots and tension in muscles and fascia. Fascia is a tissue that lies just below the skin which covers and connects the muscles and other organs of the body. Myofascial Release is a used to therapeutically treat the pain, tension, and limited range of motion from limited or bound fascia resulting from contracted or bound fascia. This in turn will produce more neuromuscular efficiency while preventing synergistic dominance of supporting muscles.

There’s a few ways to administer myofascial release, where the first one is what’s called Indirect release. The way Indirect release works, is a gentle stretching of the parts of the body experiencing contracted fascia or nearby areas that may affect the contracted fascia are focused on. This process is called tractioning, which is believed to increase blood flow in the affected area that triggers the tissues to return to a normal state.

The next way that self myofascial release is done would be direct myofascial release iwhich is a technique to give a deep tissue massage where the therapist puts direct pressure on the area where the fascia is contracted and slowly works over the skin, stretching the fascia layers. Typically the masseuse will use an elbow or fist and can require a number of sessions.In the mean time the patient will need to remain active, while performing stretching exercises between therapy sessions.