What is Myofascial Release?myofascial example


Myofascial Release is a hands-on technique, which applies sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and headaches, and to restore motion. Understanding the theory related to Myofascial Release requires a basic explanation of the fascial system, which supports and connects the muscles and inner organs of the body. Fascia is a tough connective tissue that spreads throughout the body in a three-dimensional web from the head to the feet, without interruption. Trauma or inflammation often binds this web, resulting in excessive pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, osseous (bone) structures and organs.


In its normal, healthy state, fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration; it has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When people experience physical trauma or inflammation, however, fascia loses its flexibility; it becomes a source of tension for the rest of the body. Consequently, the effects of traumas related to such injuries as a fall, whiplash, surgery or habitual poor posture are exaggerated because the fascial system exerts excessive pressure, which produces pain, headaches and restriction of motion.