What is Myofascial Release?
“Myo-” means muscle and “fascial” is “a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs.” Fascia connects, supports and protects each of your muscles and internal structures. This connective tissue is densely woven around your entire body to connect everything from your head to your toes. Myofascial Release is a treatment to release the tension and stress on your Myofascial tissues.
There are a number of factors that put stress, strain and tension on your muscles. This will lead to restrictions, imbalances, and tensions within the body. The most common issue relating to the Myofascial is Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS).
MPS is a chronic pain disorder caused by tensions and tightness within your myofascial tissues. The pain usually originates from specific points within your myofascial tissues called “trigger points” which causes pain in seemingly unrelated parts of your body. This is called referred pain.
People who suffer from chronic headaches find relief from Myofascial Release. Gently massaging on tightened muscles in and around the neck and head reduces headaches and tension.
Massage Therapy sessions follow a pattern similar to physical therapy for post-operative recovery. An initial appointment will be devoted to locating the areas of the fascia that appear to be restricted, and measuring the level of loss of motion or loss of symmetry in the body. Subsequent treatment sessions:
- Typically last between 30 – 50 minutes.
- Be conducted daily or every few days
- Take place over a few weeks or months, depending on the nature and intensity of disability.
Our therapists are trained to ensure that they can can feel restrictions, tensions, and imbalances within your body to help alleviate the pain associated with your Myofascial. Give the clinic a call if you feel that you could benefit from a Myofascial Release Treatment.