What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial release is a type of massage therapy that uses gentle sustained pressure to treat damage or restrictive tightness in a type of connective tissue known as ‘fascia.’ This technique provides pain relief and can restore motion by relaxing contracted muscles, which in turn stimulates the stretch reflex an improves both blood and lymphatic circulation. Myofascial massage will also help to realign the body and assist in restoring proper posture when used in combination with stretching and postural awareness
A myofascial massage can target either superficial (shallow) fascia or deep fascia that is interwoven through the muscles. Depending on the specific needs of the patient. Unlike deep tissue massage, superficial or deep fascial work isn’t solely dependant on the amount of pressure used, but rather the structures being targeted. The effects of a myofascial massage will vary greatly depending on the techniques used and the areas being treated.