Myofascial release uses light, manual pressure to alleviate the pain arising from Myofascial tissue.
The body has a web of connective tissue that wraps, connects and supports your muscles, bones, organs, nerves and blood vessels, called Fascia. You could say its the body own shock absorber and helps the muscles move about freely (when working well). As it works as the built in shock absorber it can take a battering from repetitive movements and chronic conditions, which then results in the fascia becoming stuck.
‘Myo’ meaning muscle, sits alongside the Fascia hence we have Myofascial release this is a therapy that works on the pain that arises from these membranes and helps to release them and in turn increasing movement and reducing pain levels.
Myofascial tissues are the tough membranes that wrap, connect and support your muscles – and myofascial release is a therapy that works on the pain that arises from these membranes.
Myofascial pain differs from other types of pain because it originates in so-called ‘trigger points’ which are related to stiff, ‘anchored’ areas within the myofascial tissue.
Your trained therapist locates areas that feel stiff and fixed (instead of elastic and movable as they should be) and then applies light manual pressure to them. This pressure loosens up restricted movement and leads, indirectly, to reduced pain.
This therapy can be used effectively for:
- Lower back pain
- Neck stiffness
- Shoulder injuries
- Arthritic conditions
- Sports injuries
And the benefits of this type of release include:
- Reduction in muscle spasms
- Improved joint movements
- Decreased muscle tension
- Improved breathing
- Reduction in chronic recurring injuries
Myofascial release can easily be incorporated into any other Essential Thyme therapies.