Myofascial Release is a specific, hands-on treatment which focuses on gentle, refined, sustained stretching techniques, addressing connective tissue called fascia.
Fascia is a fiberous connective tissue which is found throughout the body. This collagenous tissue covers all organs, muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels. The properties of the tissue include protection, support, and elasticity. It also gives shape and resiliency to the involved structures, like a three dimensional stocking.
Restrictions or injury to this fascial component (through trauma or chronic holding patterns related to stress) can create pain or dysfunction throughout the body, even affecting areas unrelated to the original injury site. The collagen fibers adhere to inappropriate surrounding structures in an attempt to heal the area, while, at times, actually creating a restriction in the tissue.
Treatment involves a hands-on approach to “release” the restrictions and create a more balanced structural alignment of the body. The body is a dynamic, self-correcting mechanism and needs equilibrium to facilitate healing and optimum function.