The Myofascial Release Massage is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat altered function of bodily structures and resulting pain and restriction of motion. Where there is chronic or acute pain, limited or difficult range of motion, ongoing stress and tension, there is almost always myofascial tissue which needs to be released and relaxed.
Fascial tissue is a connective tissue (a white membrane) that provides support and protection for most structures within the human body, including muscles. It functions as a lubricant and allows everything it wraps, from muscles to muscle fibers, to slide amongst each other. This fascial tissue can get hard, rigid, short, gluey and inelastic. It can become restricted and adhered due to overuse, physical or emotional trauma, infectious agents, disease, inactivity, habit patterns and age. This binding up of fascial tissue often results in stress, pain, muscle tension, decreased ease and range of motion and corresponding diminished blood flow.
As in most tissue, irritation of fascia or muscle causes local inflammation. Chronic inflammation results in fibrosis, or thickening of the connective tissue, and this thickening causes pain and irritation, resulting in reflexive muscle tension that causes more inflammation. This cycle creates a positive feedback loop and can result in ischemia (decrease in blood supply) and body dysfunction. Myofascial techniques aim to break this cycle through a variety of methods including direct and indirect with passive (patient stays completely relaxed) and active (patient provides movement) components .
These methods allows the body to self correct, thus eliminating stress, tension and pain and improving ease and range of motion. It helps the body restore to it's optimum level of performance.
One of the most important aspect of the Myofascial Release Massage is communication! Communication is key to ensure the therapist is working within the clients tolerable level of discomfort.
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