Myofascial Release Therapy: How It Helps Relieve Pain

Myofascial release therapy is a hands-on technique used to manage Myofascial pain. “Myo” means muscle while “fascial” is the connective tissue that covers and supports all the muscles in the entire body. Myofascial release therapy is done by a professional, your therapist will not focus specifically on your muscles. Instead, they focus on releasing tension in your fascial tissues.

What is Fascia?

Fascia can easily be likened to a spider web in the body. It is the stringy tissue that is densely woven throughout your bones, muscles, arteries, nerves, organs, and veins. Your fascia is a continuous structure everywhere in the body. Each part of your body is connected to it in one way or another. That explains why a snag in the tissue in one part of your body can cause pain in another part of your body.

Fascia is normally flexible, stretchy, and strong. It provides structural support to your body and protects your muscles. It is usually able to move without any restrictions. The flexibility of your fascia may be affected when your body experiences any kind of trauma. It becomes tightened and more rigid. This can further lead to pain and make it difficult to move, which can affect quality of life.