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:
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?