Myofascial release is a therapeutic technique applied in individuals suffering from Somatic dysfunction and associated pain and restricted movements.
Massage has been quite an effective means for certain conditions for many years. It is equally good for soft tissue blockage as well as strengthening of muscles. Myofascial release is a therapy which strives to relax contracted muscles, increase blood circulation and stimulate the affected muscles to stretch.
What are Myofascial Release Techniques?
Myofascial release can be direct or indirect.
- Direct Myofascial Release
In direct myofascial release the technique is applied directly on the affected area i.e. on connective tissue one has been having problems with. A therapist uses his/her knuckles and elbows while gently and slowly releasing the tension from the affected tissues. This type of massage is performed with the force of approximately few kilograms (tens of newtons). The combination of stretching of myofascial structures and mobilizing connective tissues is a powerful means of changing the affected structures.
This technique is efficient if a trained professional sinks into the soft tissue, engages the fascia by slacking the treated tissue and performs all of this only after identifying the first layer which is the source of the problem.
- Indirect Myofascial Release
In case of indirect myofascial release a therapist applies a gentle stretch of the affected tissues. This leads to increased blood flow and stimulates muscles to loosen. The pressure is slight and is only a stimulator of the damage tissue to repair them. The final effects are improved body's ability to heal itself, reduction of pain and the overall sensation of well being. The effects in indirect myofascial release are achieved with sustained pressure applied on the affected area which lasts for a defined period of time. A well experienced chiropractor will feel if the affected area has responded well to the applied pressure.
Myofascial Release Massage
The goal of the therapy is to obtain full range of motions of the affected structures after light or moderate traction and twisting strokes. These activities are suitable because they provide with sufficient pressure necessary for muscles to relax and regain their strength.
This therapy is beneficial for individuals suffering from chronic fatigue, severe tension and anxiety as well as those with repetitive stress injuries. It can be also good for people with sloppy posture.
Tension and pain are eliminated manually with a kneading style. The stretching is always performed in the direction of muscle fibers. The therapy is approximately an hour long. It is supposed to be performed only by an educated and experienced therapist.