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Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and pain and restriction of motion. This is accomplished by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation, increasing venous and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.

With treating the fascia we apply pressure and stretching to the soft tissue in the connective tissue of various parts of the body which, when inflamed over a long period, can thicken and cause pain, irritation and further inflammation. Once this cycle begins, it propagates itself until you’re in continuing pain, sometimes in parts of the body not associated with the initial problem.

Fascia is a specialized connective tissue layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints and gives support and protection to the body. It consists of three layers – the superficial fascia, the deep fascia and the subserous fascia. Fascia is one of the 3 types of dense connective tissue (the others being ligaments and tendons) and it extends without interruption from the top of the head to the tip of the toes.

Fascia is usually seen as having a passive role in the body, transmitting mechanical tension, which is generated by muscle activity or external forces. Recently, however some evidence suggests that fascia may be able to actively contract in a smooth muscle-like manner and consequently influence musculoskeletal dynamics.
Myofascial release can help in wide range of chronic and acute injuries.


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