Myofascial release is based on eliminating restrictions in connective tissues that lead to chronic pain and structural imbalances. When our muscle and connective tissue is traumatized, for example, from injury, our bodies reorganize along lines of tension to further support misalignment. Adhesions, or “knots”, form in the soft tissue that may cause pain and discomfort. Unless corrected, strains on muscles and soft tissue slowly tighten, become taut, rope-like and dense. This contributes to a myriad of dysfunction. Fascial restrictions can lead to painful and achy muscles, lessened mobility, referred pain to other areas of the body, headaches, migraines, TMJ dysfunction, low back pain, sciatic pain, numbness, stabbing pains, limited flexibility, poor posture and gastrointestinal problems.
Myofascial release is a whole body approach used to evaluated and treat symptoms of fascial restrictions. It is a hands-on, gentle modality that is both profoundly therapeutic and relaxing. It works to relieve symptoms for long term results. Myofascial release differs from traditional massage therapy in a few ways. It is performed on bare skin without the use of oil or lotion. Instead of gliding over skin and muscles, whole hand pressure is used to sink into the tissue slowly until a release is felt by the therapist. When a release occurs, gradual pressure and movement is applied in the direction of tension. In general, a gentle, sustained hold will be kept for 3-5 minutes for optimum effectiveness. This slow, low load pressure allows for excellent hydration and circulation. When taut or habitually contracted muscles become more supple through release, viscous flow increases, allowing nutritive substances like blood, lymph and interstitial fluid to reach tissues with ease, thus encouraging the healing process.
Myofascial release can also be used in concert with rigorous soft tissue mobilization, gentle craniosacral therapy, traditional Swedish and deep tissue bodywork. This treatment is inherently multifaceted and requires the therapist to integrate disciplines for maximum rehabilitation.
Over the years I have worked with hundreds of clients, many of which suffer daily with great pain. The outcomes my clients find with myofascial release are incredible. It is truly effective with lasting results.