Myofascial release is a technique used in physical therapy and massage therapy to treat skeletal muscle immobility and pain. Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that surrounds every muscle, bone, nerve, and organ in the body. Myofascial release therapy focuses on releasing tension in the fascia to alleviate pain and restore motion.
During a myofascial release session, a therapist uses gentle, sustained pressure on specific points of the body to stretch and release the fascia. This can be done using hands, fingers, or special tools. The goal is to break up adhesions (knots) in the fascia and promote relaxation of the muscles. Myofascial release is often used to treat conditions such as muscle pain, headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and chronic pain conditions.
It's important to note that while myofascial release can be effective for many people, its efficacy varies from person to person. Additionally, it's essential to have this therapy performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner to ensure safety and effectiveness.