Most people know that after exercise or repeated pressure, their muscles feel tight and sore – but most people don’t understand the role of fascia. Fascia is a sheet of connective tissue, made predominantly of collagen. When you engage in strenuous physical activity or strain your muscles due to repeated movement, you can cause adhesions in fascia which causes pain, tension and reduced mobility. So whether you’re an avid exerciser or you’re just experiencing muscle pain that won’t go away, here’s everything you need to know about myofascial release.
Before we get into myofascial release, it’s important to understand the role of fascia. Fascia is a thin sheet of connective tissue that holds everything together in the body. It is what researchers have referred to as the missing puzzle piece of biology: it’s not our skin that holds together our organs, water and skin, it’s actually fascia. It covers every aspect of the body, keeping all our internal systems able to function properly, to stabilize movements, to protect against damage and to reduce friction between joints.
So how does this link to myofascial release? Well, during strenuous exercise or repeated movement, like walking long distances, standing up for long periods of time, being hunched over or practicing poor posture – all cause adhesions in fascia. You can imagine it like a sheet of paper – if the object is still, the paper can cover it smoothly; however, if the object starts moving beneath the paper, wrinkles and bumps will appear in the paper. This is essentially what happens, requiring myofascial release.
A myofascial release massage involves the therapist applying pressure, ranging from light, gentle pressure to more intense, deeper pressure, to ultimately remove the ‘wrinkles’ in the fascia, that are responsible for muscle pain, soreness and tightness. This is done by manipulating the fascia using a rolling motion, similar to rolling out dough to remove the lumps and bumps. When fascia is tight, it reduces your mobility, so releasing the tension allows fascia to return to its natural elasticity, allowing you to move freely and without restraint.
Myofascial release alleviates the pain caused by tight fascia, which is the primary goal of myofascial release massage. However there are numerous other benefits that make this type of massage appealing, these include:
Studies have backed up the use of myofascial release massage for athletes, individuals experiencing joint or muscle pain or who are experiencing chronic tightness. This impacts your quality of life, but it doesn’t need to. Getting a myofascial release massage regularly will ensure your fascia is smooth and elastic, so you can function optimall.
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