To understand what Myofascial Release is and why it works, you have to understand a little about fascia. Fascia is a thin tissue that covers all the muscles of the body. The two systems together can be referred to as the myofascial unit. When muscle fibers are injured, the fibers and the fascia which surrounds it become short and tight. This uneven stress can be transmitted through the fascia to other parts of the body, causing pain. Myofascial Release treats these symptoms by releasing the uneven tightness in injured fascia.
Myofascial Release uses a constant hand pressure applied by the therapist while the patient is taken through some gentle range of motion movements. This allows for a lengthening within the tightened fascia. The amount of pressure applied, is guided by feedback the therapist feels from the patient’s body. This feedback tells the therapist how much force to use. The feedback the therapist feels also determines which muscles are treated and in what order.
The therapist will be able to find sore spots just by feel. Often, patients are unable to pinpoint some sore spots or have grown used to them until the therapist finds them. The size and sensitivity of these sore spots, called Myofascial Trigger Points, will decrease with treatment.
Myofascial Release is much more specific than massage. Myofascial Release is used to equalize muscle tension throughout the body. Unequal muscle tension can compress nerves and muscles causing pain. Progress is measured by a decrease in the patient’s pain and by an improvement in overall posture. The Doctors combine myofascial release and chiropractic adjustments to effectively treat most physical injuries that come into the office. This integrated technique has proven to have a very high success rate in healing sports and work-related injuries.