Mayo Clinic: What can you tell me about myofascial release
therapy? Is it an effective treatment for muscle pain or
Myofascial release often is used in physical therapy and
massage practices. The technique focuses on pain believed to
arise from myofascial tissues ó the bodyís muscle (myo)
and the tough connective tissue (fascial) that wrap, connect
and support your muscles. The goal is to treat pain that
originates in trigger points, which are related to stiff,
anchored areas within the muscles or connective tissues.
myofascial release therapy, the therapist locates myofascial
areas that feel stiff and fixed instead of elastic and movable
under light manual pressure. These areas, though not always
near what feels like the source of pain, are thought to
restrict muscle and joint movements because of the way muscles
and fascial tissues are interconnected throughout the body.
slow, sustained manual pressure used in myofascial release
therapy applies biomechanical force to stretch the tight
tissue. Itís also believed to stimulate nerve messages to
the brain and central nervous system. This in turn leads the
brain to send messages back that result in tissue relaxation.
Pressure is applied until the tightness melts away. This often
reduces the pain at the tender sites, loosens restricted
movement and restores musculoskeletal symmetry.
some evidence that myofascial release therapy may help with
low back pain, fibromyalgia, heel pain, headache, hamstring
tightness and other types of pain ó when used with
have osteoporosis of the spine or another type of bone disease
that makes you vulnerable to fracture, ask your doctor or a
therapist who has training in the technique whether itís
safe for you.