Myofascial Release is generally a mild and gentle form of stretching that has profound effect upon the body’s fascial tissues. Because it is initially perceived as very gentle, many individuals wonder how it could possibly work to release and soften deep hard adhesions. To help you understand, we are providing you with this article.
Fascia (also referred to as connective tissue) is a system of the body to which relatively little attention has been given in the past from the western medical establishment. From a functional point of view, the body’s fascia may be regarded as a single sheet of continuous webbing that extends without interruption from the top of the head to the tip of the toes. Fascia surrounds and invests in every other tissue and organ of the body, including nerves, blood vessels, muscles and bones.
Because the fascia permeates all regions of the body and is all interconnected, when it scars and hardens in one area (following injury, inflammation, disease, surgery, etc.), it can put a significant amount of tension (up to 2000 lbs per square inch) on adjacent pain-sensitive structures as well as on structures in far away areas of the body. This is because the fascia of the body is interconnected, and a restriction in one region can continue to “spread” and put a drag on the fascia in any other direction.
Myofascial release may be gentle, but it has profound effects upon your body’s tissues. You may leave after the first treatment feeling like nothing happened. Do not let the gentleness deceive you. Later that day and even a day or two after you may begin to feel the profound effects of the treatment.