An introduction to fascia and myofascial release

September 14, 2017

The words ‘myofascial release’ may sound alien to some but there is no doubt that over the last few years, it’s become more and more popular and lots of our patients are asking for it.  So, what is it? Before we answer this, we need to explore the soft tissue known as fascia.

What is fascia?

Fascia is a 3D web-like matrix that intertwines, surrounds, protects and supports every other structure in the body. The fascia extends from the inner aspects of the skull down to the soles of the feet. While anatomy books list around six hundred muscles, one way of visualising the fascia is to think of it as one muscle poured into six hundred pockets of the fascial webbing.

How does fascia respond to injury?

Fascia shortens, solidifies, and thickens in response to injury. Over time, fascial restrictions can spread like a pull in a sweater, resulting in loss of flexibility and spontaneity of movement. This can set the body up for more injury, pain, and movement limitations.

How can it be released?

With Massage! Massage releases restrictions in muscles/fascia tissue. This can be achieved in various ways with either a gentle pressure or traction being applied to the tissues. It is a relatively slow technique where the practitioner has to wait for the tissues to respond to the pressure applied before a change can be achieved.

 What are the benefits of myofascial release?

  • A general increase in health
  • Relaxation and a sense of well-being
  • Elimination of general pain and discomfort
  • Re-established and improved joint range of movement and muscle function
  • Restored balance and correct posture
  • Injury recovery

Myofascial release is a powerful technique that can achieve amazing results.  At Hatt’s, our Massage therapists can incorporate myofascial release into your treatment.

If you’d like to experience the benefits of myofascial release then give us a call on 01380 730473.