Fascia Release is a non-invasive alternative therapy treatment claimed to be highly effective for treating chronic pain and arthritic skeletal muscle immobility by relaxing tight adhered muscles, promoting blood, oxygen and nutrients, and activating the pain release reflex. The treatment is based on the theory that damaged or overstretched muscles start compensating by tightening, which results in lessening of pain. For this theory to work, Myofascial Release technique requires releasing adhered muscles, allowing them to heal and be restored to their originally intended function. Myofascial Release is often used along with traditional pain relief medications.
The term myofascia is derived from the Greek words myo (meaning “molecular”) and ascia (meaning “firm). Muscles are described as myofascia when they are “firm and heavy” or “weak and relaxed”. Myofascia occurs in various places on the body. They appear mostly in areas of muscle strength, specifically around key joints and connective tissue such as ligaments and tendons.
For the purpose of this article we will not focus on the myofascia terminology, but instead will explain how it is important to understand the anatomy of the fascia. The fascia is made up of three major layers, the primary fascia being the entire structure itself, the periosteal layer consisting of the muscle fibers and the supporting ligament, the endosperm matrix, and the subcutaneous layer consisting of the connective tissue and other fat layers. Understanding the anatomy and physiology of the tissue is crucial to understanding myofascia.
With this information in mind, it is important to understand how massage therapy can benefit myofascia during treatment. Massage therapy utilizes the benefits of the technique known as “myofascial release” to release the negative energy (stiffness) from tight muscles and allow them to heal. Myofascia is normally not painful until a point where it becomes dysfunctional, at this point the tissue becomes overstressed and becomes more resistant to stretching and movement. Myofascia often results from overworking the muscles or chronic tension, which is why massage therapy is a great adjunct to any therapeutic program for the treatment of myofascial release.
The basic technique used by massage therapists for the myofascia release is to apply slow, steady pressure to a particular point on the lower body while simultaneously using long strokes and smooth movements that pull the skin toward the therapist. The application of pressure and the long strokes involved in this technique allows for the maximum amount of friction to be applied to the fascia, resulting in its breakdown and removal of the scar tissue associated with it. Because the myofascia is typically very tight and overstressed, it is usually easier to see results using this technique compared to applying pain medications directly to the affected area. This is because the medication is applied to the fascia and may actually only “disturb” the pain that is already present, whereas massage is designed to go after the cause of the pain from the inside out to prevent the condition from getting worse. Many of the other techniques for myofascia treatment also promote blood flow, increase lymphatic drainage, improve lymphatic functioning, increase flexibility, decrease joint pain, improve posture, stimulate the immune system, detoxify the body, increase reproductive function, promote weight loss, reduce inflammation, provide relief from pain and fatigue, among many others.
In conclusion, the most common and effective method used by therapeutic massage therapists for the treatment of myofascia is the “bio-tactical release” technique. The technique is designed to break down scar tissue through the application of slow, steady pressure to both sides of the effected muscle, resulting in its breakdown and eventual removal. If you are interested in having your fibromyalgia or myofascial stress treated, be sure to learn more about how to self-myofascial release your fascia. There is even an eBook available that shows exactly how to do just this! You can start feeling better immediately! Please visit my website today.