What is Myofascial Release Therapy?
Myofascial Release Therapy is a specialized form of manual treatment that is well suited to the healing of many acute and chronic pain conditions, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain syndrome, movement restrictions, TMJ disorder, and carpal tunnel syndrome, to name a few. Click here for a list of many diagnoses for which Myofascial Release treatment is appropriate.
Myofascial Release is a gentle form of therapy that produces profound effects throughout the body. Myofascial Release addresses restrictions in the connective tissue, or fascia, of the body. The fascia is an extremely tough tissue that surrounds every muscle, bone, organ, nerve, and blood vessel, down to the cellular level. Fascial restrictions can result from accidents, injuries, repetitive stress situations, surgical or traumatic scarring, and abnormal postures. Any of these traumas can cause the fascial tissue to bind down, exerting abnormal pressures and tensions on pain producing structures.
Myofascial Release is a whole-body therapy. Functionally, the fascial system forms a continuous web from head to toe. Injury to any part of the system can have far-reaching effects on other parts of the body. This helps to explain many individuals' seemingly inexplicable combination of pain complaints. Often times, painful symptoms occur in what might be considered unrelated regions of the body. A basic tenet of Myofascial Release is that no part of the body is separate from the other.