Fascia, the soft tissue element of the connective tissue, provides support and protection for most structures within the human body, including muscle (Myofascia). However this soft tissue can become restricted if overused,
or subjected to trauma, infection, or inactivity. This often leads to pain, muscle tension and restricted blood flow.
Irritation of fascia or muscle can cause inflammation which, if prolonged, may become chronic; this can result in the thickening of the connective tissue, or even fibrosis. This thickening can lead to pain and irritation, and eventually a possible breakdown in somatic functioning. Through a variety of methods, Myofascial Techniques aim to break this chain of events by acting on multiple stages of the cycle.
So what is a Myofascial Release Massage?
Myofascial Release (MFR) is a type of soft tissue massage, which uses gentle sustained pressure to stretch the myofascial connective tissues, reducing pain and restoring motion. It is a safe and effective method of releasing tension from problem areas such as the neck, the diaphragm, lower back and pelvis. In the initial stage, areas of tightness and tension will be identified, and stretch and hold moves will then be used to soften the fascia.
A stretch of the fascia may be held for up to 3 - 5 minutes, as using a low-load and gentle pressure is what allows the fascia to elongate, and reduce restrictions. Once the fascia work is complete massage work will undertaken, as appropriate, to reduce tightness and tension in the underlying muscles. You may find that myofascial release can feel quite unusual or even quite intense, especially where the muscles are holding a great deal of tension and stress, but the overall effect can be extremely beneficial.
Myofascial release may be particular helpful for:
Myofascial pain syndrome