Myofascial release is a form of manual therapy utilized in physical therapy to help with a variety of musculoskeletal problems including post-surgery pain, chronic pain, headaches, abdominal pain, and much more.
Fascia is a connective tissue that is like a continuous web that surrounds structures in the whole body including all the muscles, tendons, blood vessels, nerves, and even organs. In cases of injury, the fascia can be a source of pain and lack of mobility. With the gentle technique of myofascial release, it is thought we can change the neurophysical response of the fascia and muscles to help relax the tissue through touch. At this point, research is limited as to whether or not myofascial release can change the actual “length” of fascia, but nonetheless can be a useful tool in physical therapy treatment.