Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial release therapy is a massage technique that focuses on relieving pain in your myofascial tissues. These are the thick connective tissues that support your muscles.
Your myofascial tissue is a network of tissue that spreads throughout your entire body. It connects your muscles, joints, and bones. It also provides support to your organs, helping to keep them in place.
When you feel stiffness or pain in your body, it can originate from different tissues in your body. Myofascial pain is different from other types of pain because it occurs in places where your myofascial tissue meets or crosses. Myofascial pain may be difficult to identify because it can radiate from the area and spread. Tight myofascial tissue can restrict movement in your muscles and joints. As you move differently to make up for the loss in movement, you can cause additional tightness without realising it. This can lead to widespread pain and discomfort.
During a myofascial release massage, I will spend time feeling your myofascial tissue for areas that are particularly stiff and tight. These are the places that cause you to feel pain, even if it's radiating to other areas. I will use my hand to massage and stretch your myofascial tissue and eliminate knots.
Other types of massage may be relaxing, but myofascial release therapy is often intense and can be a little painful whilst the treatment is happening. You may feel a little sore for a couple of days after treatment but you should then feel an increased range of motion and less pain or stiffness.
Benefits of MR Therapy
A single myofascial massage won’t offer long-term relief. However, regularly receiving myofascial release therapy can:
- Improve range of motion
- Reduce soreness
- Increase your body’s natural recovery process
- Helps with overall relaxation
- Improve circulation
- Relieve stress