What is Myofascial Release?

8  Jul 2009

What is Myofascial Release? – How Can it Benefit Me?

Myofascial release is a hands-on therapy that has been used for over a hundred years to treat frequent injuries and pain. The demand for these massage-like treatments is rising steeply as the public looks for alternatives to drugs, surgery and prescriptions.

Myofascial release is used to treat a specific tissue called fascia pronounced “faashaa” Fascia is the tissue that covers all our muscles and bones, allowing us to move freely and live pain-free. When that fascia becomes tight, it causes pain and discomfort. To live pain free the fascia must be released or stretched out.

How is Myofascial release going to to help me? Myofascial release therapy is used to break down the existing scar tissue, to relax your muscles and to bring back your good posture. It is an effective therapy to take care of lower back pains, headaches, sports injuries and arthritis issues.

Myofascial release therapy is of great benefit for reducing muscle spasms, and improving your breathing. Myofascial release therapy helps to lengthen your tissue so you can have better movement and healthier muscles. It is an excellent alternative therapy that can be used to treat these conditions long term instead of the four to six hour relief pain pills can offer. 

What does it feel like to have myofascial release therapy? Your myofascial release treatment lasts from fifteen minutes to an hour. It is used by a qualified practitioner trained in the proper techniques and methods of myofascial release. Pain is not the goal! It is always good to let your practitioner know how the pressure feels throughout your therapy. You may feel a slight burning in your skin, or stretching around the place they are treating. Both these things are quite normal and safe for you.

 How many treatments do I need? Will the therpist just keep me coming back? Since we are all individuals, the amount of therapy needed will vary, but most patients notice a difference soon after their first treatment!

Your therapist will help you work out a treatment plan. Sometimes only a few treatments are required, and others will need longer. No matter your plan, know and understand that myofascial release is going to give you long term relief and better comfort overall, improving your quality of life.

B. Jenings