Physiotherapists use myofascial release as part of treatment, but do you know what it’s all about? When you do a search on fascia, you’ll find pages and pages about locked fascia, fascia release, muscle pain, anatomy, and all sorts of different treatment techniques. Many of the articles even tries to convince you to think that fascia release treatment will solve all your problems. Don’t let that fool you, though. It’s a great tool if used correctly, but not a miracle cream.
Fascial release techniques are an extremely useful part of therapy used for fast progress, but on its own, it has the same effect as a hour and a half full-body massage. Maybe you feel a bit apprehensive to have your fascia ‘released’, especially when you’re in a lot of pain. It definitely doesn’t sound as nice as a full-body massage. However, you don’t need to be afraid at all, because fascial release techniques are more precise and targeted, but can show faster results when compared to massage.
What exactly is myofascial release?
While fascia is the network of tissue connecting all the different parts of your body, myofascia refers to the fascia in and around your muscles. This network looks like a spiderweb, weaved in-between, through and around all structures in your body. Myofascial release is a soft tissue mobilization technique used to treat restrictions and tension in the fascia. As a spiders web can become knotted in one area, pulls on the strands and fibers to concentrate forces. This can be useful, destructive or overload certain areas. As all your nerves, muscles, joints, and even organs are surrounded by fascia, soft tissue release also influences other systems in your body like blood supply, ease of motion, waste removal and much more.
Why do we use fascia release during treatment?
Your fascia becomes tight, or restricted due to a multitude of factors like injuries, inflammation, poor posture, repetitive movements, or even emotional stress. Tightness in this web-like fascia easily hinders nearby structures ability to do what it should. Apart from the obvious force convergence causing pain, muscle imbalances, overload and, limited range of motion, the hemodynamic state is wrecked causing altered blood supply, poor waste elimination and less nerve responsiveness. Sustained chemical disruption for more than 3 months declines organ function.
Myofascial release is a restoration of forces that accumulates and compounds into a rundown system. These techniques aims to push back the adaption, back to the normal where each component thrives as part of a integrated system. This revision is uncomfortable, but necessary.
We use myofascial release as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to identify and fix it. By releasing tension in the fascia, there’s a reduction in muscle tightness by redistributing forces along the fascial web. Irritated nerves are desensitized and glides freely, while there’s less resistance to movement, better arterial blood supply and waste removal. All of these factors works together in order to let you move better, breaking the vicious cycle of pain and stiffness.
The proximity of organs nearby trauma sites are particularly vulnerable to develop myofascial tightness due to the characteristic of scar tissue forming in the area. A lower back muscle strain to the Quadratus Lumborum or Psoas muscles easily alters breathing and urethral drainage.