What is Myofascial Release?

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DEFINITION -What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial release is a hands-on technique where sustained pressure is applied to the myofascial tissue. It’s considered very effective and safe, and is used in various types of massage therapy.

BREAKING DOWN -Myofascial Release

Myofascial release focuses on relieving trigger points throughout the body. Trigger points are painful muscle knots. This is often where scar tissue has built-up or where the fascia and muscle tissue have become stuck together. In turn, this causes increased muscle tension and pain. If you’ve ever had a muscle knot, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.

The term, ‘myofascial release,’ first came about in the 1960s. Robert Ward, an osteopath, was the first to use it. In fact, Robert Ward and John Barnes, a physical therapist, are considered the founders of this groundbreaking technique. 

Frequently used in massage therapy and physical therapy sessions, myofascial release involves the application of pressure on these trigger points. The goal is to stretch and massage the area so that it releases and the problem is solved. Often, this technique is repeated numerous times to achieve optimal effects.

Individuals who experience neck tightness or tightness around the shoulders and back may benefit the most from myofascial release. This technique can release these points of tension and get you back to feeling your best. This treatment method also comes with few risks. However, it might not be suitable for populations including those with painful and open wounds, fractures, deep vein problems, or those on blood-thinning medications.

Are you curious about whether myofascial release can help relieve your muscle tightness and pain? The Athlete’s Choice Massage team in Edmonton is trained and experienced in determining which treatments and techniques are appropriate in each situation. Find out if myofascial release is right for you. Book your next massage appointment today. Click BOOK NOW below to get started! Start living your life, free of pain. 

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