Fascia is the connective tissue that holds our body together. It encompasses everything from our muscles, bones, joints and organs.
Fascia can become tight and adhere to the structures it surrounds. The causes of this adhesion can be trauma, overuse, infectious agents, inactivity of muscles, poor movement patterns or muscle tension. If restriction or adhesion of the fascia occurs, it will become thickened and fibrous and this will result in the fascia being unable to slide within the body and skeletal muscles having an inability to contract or stretch to its full potential. Myofascial release corrects this by restoring motion.
Myofascial release is a manual physical therapy used for the treatment and rehabilitation of fascial tension and restrictions. Gentle pressure is applied to the tissue restrictions to reduce muscle pain and restore motion.