Myofascial release is an extremely effective stretching technique with long-lasting and startling results. It is more comfortable than traditional stretching techniques and therefore more easily tolerated.
Fascia is the connective tissue that forms a continuous network interconnecting, surrounding and permeating all tissues in the body to form its infrastructure.
The technique consists of the application of gentle pressure over the tissue to gently and slowly relax and stretch the tissues. On completion of the release it is believed that there will be improvement in the local haemodynamics; tissue rehydration and improved fluid movement in the interstitial space (Schleip 2003). This would promote the delivery of nutrients to the area but also facilitate the release of metabolites (product of cellular respiration) and the various biochemical’s associated with inflammation.
It can be used to treat a multitude of problems throughout the body, including: neck and back pain, joint pain and discomfort, impingement, capsulitis, pain following a fracture, groin and deep hip pain as well as anxiety, panic and asthma attacks.