What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial release is a hands-on massage technique that stretches muscles and applies the necessary pressure to the fascia to relieve tension and, of course, pain. Myofascial release promotes the lengthening of the fascia, so that muscles are encouraged to go back to their original and natural position, function, and length.
What conditions can it treat?
Myofascial release can help to promote healing and reduce pain for a number of different ailments. Chronic pain can often lead to restricted mobility and motion ranges. This technique can help sufferers to regain better quality of movement and experience less pain.
The technique can help to reduce pain felt due to any of the following:
- Low back pain
- Shoulder problems
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Temperomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD)
Old injuries can also be healed with myofascial release as the pliability of scar tissue can be increased in tendons and muscles. Breathing, stress levels, balance, and flexibility can also all be improved with this technique.
What should I expect during a session?
Your therapist will begin your therapy gently. The outside layers of tissue are tackled first and the technique will slowly move inwards to deeper tissue. Long and smooth strokes are common practise in myofascial release that will stretch your tissue out over time, encouraging it to return to its natural positioning.
Releasing the problematic fascia can take time. This is often a slow yet very rewarding process. Some people can feel disheartened when they do not experience noticeable positive results after several sessions. It is important to remain patient during this process. Tension should be greatly reduced after a few in-depth sessions. Soreness and aching may occur after a session and drinking lots of water can help to relieve this problem.
What are the benefits of Myofascial Release?
The benefits of fascial release include:
- Increase space between the bony structures of the body to improve flexibility.
- Ease the breath allowing lung capacity to increase and supply more oxygen to cells of body.
- Release kinks and postural twists to allow muscles to work as designed.
How does Myofascial Massage work?
Myofascial work predominantly influences the connective tissue that binds the soft and hard tissues of the body, designed to hold our structure in a stable position. Applied pressure and movement melts and releases restrictions that accumulate from poor posture, trauma and diet. By repeating this process over a course of treatments it is possible to retrain muscle and joint movement to increase and maintain the gains.
Who can benefit from Myofascial Release?
People who feel restricted in their own body or experience difficulty with taking a full breath, putting on their shoes or have a reoccurring pain pattern that regularly returns, can easily benefit from treatment. In conjunction with exercise and lifestyle awareness it is possible to use Myofascial treatments to improve posture and wellbeing – sometimes to dramatically benefit the health of the recipient.
Are there any side effects?
Myofascial release is a remedial massage technique that intends to restore normal movement and biomechanical balance to a body. As a result, there will be changes from one session to another and some body parts may take longer to be integrated into the chain of movement. It is possible for pain to move to different areas in between treatments. Your walking gait may also adapt and you may experience change to your stride as the course of treatments progress.
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