Myofascial release

01/07/2018 Our massage techniques

Ever heard the term myofascial release? Want to know more about what myofascial release is all about? If yes, then you are in the right place.

Myofascial release does sound complicated… but in simple terms:

Myo= muscle

Fascia= A band or sheet of connective tissue

Release= The relaxation and/or stretching of tight muscles

Myofascial release is an effective form of manual therapy that aims to release restrictions within the fascia through the application of prolonged static stretches to the restricted section of fascia.

So let’s put this into context by talking a little more about fascia…

What is fascia?

Fascia is a layer of fibrous tissue which is found all over the body. Fascia can be found surrounding muscles, tendons, organs, blood vessels and nerves. When functioning normally fascia allows structures so glide smoothly other each other without friction.  Tom Myers developed a theory of fascia lines where it is believed that releasing one end of the fascial line can benefit further along the chain, for example releasing fascial restrictions within the calf can promote relaxation in the fascia within the lower back.

How can fascia become dysfunctional?

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The Author

Louise Rigby

Louise is a happy, passionate and reliable member of the massage team. Louise graduated with a Sports Therapy Bsc (Hons) degree in 2015 from the University of Central Lancashire. During her degree Louise gained experience working with the Rochdale hornets rugby club and the Fijian Rugby league team. In addition to her degree she has gained VTCT Level 4 certificate in sports massage and has attained a Level 2 emergency aid and trauma management qualification. Louise is a member of the Society of Sports Therapists and regularly takes part in CPD within the clinic and at external events. Louise has knowledge and experience with the assessment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Louise thoroughly enjoys her role as a Sport Therapist and loves meeting new patients. Louise has always had a keen interest in sport which lead her to achieve 1st place in a national cheerleading competition! When not in work Louise loves to surround herself with friends and family and watch the odd Disney film!

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