What is Myofascial Release?
Fascia is the soft connective tissue that surrounds and supports the musculature of the body. When muscles become painful due to injury, overuse, or inactivity, this can cause restriction and tension causing limited range of motion and diminished blood flow. Irritation of fascia or muscle can lead to inflammation and chronic inflammation can result in a restrictive thickening or fibrosis of the connective tissue.
The Myofascial Release Technique works on the restricted fascia or deep connective tissue. The practitioner will use pressure points, trigger points, and stretching exercises to aid in the release of tight and contracted muscles. This involves applying gentle and sustained pressure to eliminate pain and restore range of motion.
Myofascial stretching in one area of the body can be felt in and will affect the other body areas.
Traditional medicine will administer drugs so the patients are temporarily free of pain. Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy treats the symptoms caused by the pressure of the "straightjacket effect” of the Myofascial system, but does nothing about the tightness that causes and perpetuates the symptoms of pain.
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