What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release is a highly effective, gentle, safe, whole-body, and hands-on technique that involves gentle sustained pressure into the fascia restricted areas to help eliminate pain and restore motion. The key component is the “time element.” This gentle pressure is applied slowly over a period of time to allow the fascia to elongate. Myofascial Release in conjunction with exercise and movement patterns can help improve normal postural alignment and lengthening of the body. Thereby, providing more space for the proper functioning of nerves, blood vessels, osseous (bony) structures, and organs. Because of Myofascial Release’s gentle approach, a greater number of people who suffer from pain are able to benefit from this technique.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is a band or sheet of connective tissue that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs. Fascia is similar to ligaments and tendons as they have collagen as a major component. They differ in their location and function: ligaments join bone to bone, tendons join muscle to bone, and fasciae surround muscles and other structures.
What are Fascial Restrictions?
Fascial restrictions are an area in the body where the collagen has become shortened and solidified. When the fascia system malfunctions, it oftentimes results in pain, muscle tension, and decreased blood flow which causes fascial restrictions. A fascial restriction could prevent the muscle fibers ability to lengthen causing decrease joint ROM, increase pain, and decrease muscle strength over time.