What is Myofascial Release?

What in the world is Myofascial Release?  

 

Myofascial (my-o-FASH-e-ul) release is a manual therapy technique often used in physical therapy. The technique focuses on pain thought to come from myofascial tissues — the tough membranes that wrap, connect and support your muscles. 

 

Everyone experience pain my benefit from myofascial release, not just professional athletes. Your physical therapist will apply gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial tissue to get rid of pain. This safe and effective technique has been proven to release tension and pain, and restore motion to the area treated. By manipulating the myofascia, physical and dynamic constrictions are discharged, opening areas that may feel tight or resistant to change. 

There are so many benefits! 

 

Increased blood flow 

 

Research has shown that myofascial release can increase vascular function. By getting rid of tight and constriction in the fascia that may be restricting blood flow to the area, these techniques helps to keep your muscles and connective tissue well hydrated. That means that you’ll recover and heal faster. 

 

Reduce muscle soreness 

 

With better circulation to your muscles and connective tissues, you’ll experience less muscle soreness. This is particularly helpful if you are involved in any physical activity. 

Maintains normal functional muscular length 

 

My muscles shrank??

 

Yes, when muscles become knotted and constricted they tighten. Myofascial release relieves tension in the myofascia network around your muscles and assists your muscles in returning to their normal length, improving muscle function. 

 

Encourages movement of your lymph  

 

A major component of your immune system that helps to fight infection int he body. However, the lymph system relies on movement pressure to move the fluid. Self-myofascial release can encourage the flow of lymph back to the heart. 

Ultimately, this means that you’ll move better, recover faster, perform better and have less pain so that you can continue to be active and do what you love to do. 

Cece Cook, DPT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy in Houston specializing in myofascial release, dry needling, sports performance enhancement, orthopedic sports medicine, and all areas of physical therapy. Come in for an evaluation to help you become the best you possible. Whether you are an athlete, weekend warrior, or just trying to feel like yourself again, we have a program to help you.  

 

 

 

 

 

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