Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release Therapy is a manual treatment that tackles musculoskeletal immobility and chronic pain by releasing fascial adhesion and scar tissue. This makes it an appropriate treatment for many different conditions, including as an aid to post-surgical recovery.
The term combines “myo”, meaning muscle, with “fascial”, which refers to the body’s fascia system. Fascia is a sheath-like connective tissue surrounding all muscles and their attached tendons and ligaments. These connective tissues can become restricted by adhesion, fibrosis or scar tissue due to emotional stressors, overuse, trauma, infection, inactivity or long-term posture issues, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow.
Myofascial Release Therapy effectively releases tension deep in the body through the use of soft tissue manipulation in conjunction with moderate pressure across the affected area, while the patient remains completely relaxed and passive throughout.
What Can Myofascial Release Therapy Do for Your Body?
Although some patients may experience sore muscles after the treatment, Myofascial Release Therapy brings a host of benefits to overall health, including to:
The Skeletal System
Myofascial Release Therapy is beneficial to stiff joints, as it prevents the connective tissue around the joints from thickening and restricting movement. While the therapy helps to maintain freedom of movement, it is also great for muscle tone and balance, reducing the stress placed on joints.
The Muscular System
This type of therapy is also great for muscles. Muscle relaxation achieved as part of Myofascial Release Therapy increases mobility, reducing stiffness and muscle tissue spasms. It also enhances the blood circulation, which helps the body to absorb more oxygen and nutrients, thereby reducing muscle fatigue.
The Circulatory System
By enhancing blood circulation throughout the body, Myofascial Release Therapy allows blood vessels to work more efficiently, providing fresh oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues while removing toxic waste.
The Nervous System
Myofascial Release Therapy stimulates and soothes the nerves, promoting relaxation and reducing stress. This, in turn, reduces pain and aides with sleep.
Myofascial Release Therapy is a key component in maintaining good health and a healthy lifestyle. Offering support to your daily physical activities, Myofascial Release Therapy pairs very effectively with other holistic health treatments.
We offer both 60-minute or 90-minute Myofascial Release Therapy sessions at UP!health. For more information, please call 2110 1674 to book an appointment with practitioner Jade Lau