Myofascial Release Massage is a safe, gentle, hands-on technique of stretching that treats the myofascial tissue system (tough membranes that wrap, connect and support your muscles) which can become restricted because of overuse, inactivity, trauma, or infection, often resulting in pain and muscle tension.
The myofascial generally acts as a shock absorber creating tissue spaces and plays an important role in support, protection, separation, cellular respiration, elimination, metabolism, and fluid and lymphatic flow. By weight, 40% of a muscle is actually fascial tissue. Dysfunction in these tissues can have far-reaching effects.
The term “myofascial” was first used by Janet G. Travell in the 1940s in reference to musculoskeletal pain syndromes and trigger points. Theoretically, myofascial pain differs from other types of pain because it originates in “trigger points,” which are related to stiff, anchored areas within the myofascial tissue. Myofascial release therapy was developed by John F. Barnes, PT as a method of relieving long term pain patterns that tended to invade surrounding and far reaching regions of the body treating patients since 1960.
Where there is chronic or acute pain, limited or difficult range of motion, ongoing stress and tension, there is almost always myofascial tissue which needs to be released and relaxed.