Myofascial Release is used to evaluate and treat fascia. Fascia is the connective tissue surrounding the muscle fibers. Under normal circumstances this connective tissue is soft and very pliable. The fascia over time with abuse and trauma can become more solid creating restrictions in the individual muscle fibers and in entire muscle groups. These restrictions cause pain and decreased range of motion.
Myofascial Release changes the viscosity level of this connective tissue by using light touch, stretching, and skin manipulations. These manipulations can be moderately uncomfortable, but are very effective in creating immediate results in a particular muscle group to return muscle tissue to a more healthy fluid state.
Myofascial Release Massage Techniques are most effective when they are incorporated with other massage techniques in creating an overall healthy muscular state.
People who benefits from Myofascial Release are fibromyalgia patients, chronic pain patients and people who have work and hobbies that require them to be stationary for long periods of time.
As with all massage Myofascial Release is made more effective when the body is well hydrated. Often fascial tension is the result of dehydration over long periods of time. Being well hydrated before the massage will make the treatment less painful and more effective.