Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy that focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness. Many patients seek myofascial release following an injury or after losing function and flexibility of a muscle or group of muscles. Patients also seek myofascial release if they experience ongoing back, shoulder, hip or neck pain in any soft tissue area.
What causes Myofascial Pain?
Myofascial pain is caused by skeletal muscles or connective tissues that are "restricted" or "bound" by tight fascia (tissue that covers and connects muscles). In addition, pain can be generated from damaged myofascial tissue itself, sometimes at a "trigger point" where a contraction of muscle fibers has occurred. This "restriction" in the muscle fibers inhibits blood flow to the affected structures, thus worsening the contracted process unless the area is treated.
"Life is Motion"
It is important to note that the goal of trigger point therapy and myofascial release is to stretch and loosen the muscles and fascia so that the joints of the body can move more freely, and the patient's motion is restored. When the skeletal muscles of the body are strong and functioning properly it gives the joints stability and mobility. Thus, the brain and nervous system can control them, allowing for coordination and purposeful movements.