What it is about
Fascia is a thin tissue that covers all the organs of the body. This tissue covers every muscle and every fiber within each muscle. All muscle stretching, then, is actually stretching of the fascia and the muscle, the myofascial unit.
When muscle fibers are injured, the fibers and the fascia which surrounds it become short and tight. This uneven stress can be transmitted through the fascia to other parts of the body, causing pain and a variety of other symptoms in areas you often wouldn't expect.
How does it work?
The physical therapist finds the area of tightness. A light stretch is applied to the tight area. The physical therapist waits for the tissue to relax and then increases the stretch releasing the uneven tightness in injured fascia. The process is repeated until the area is fully relaxed. Then, the next area is stretched.The stretch is guided by feedback the therapist feels from the patient's body, indicated by how much force to use, the direction of the stretch, how long to stretch and in what order.
Often, patients are unable to pinpoint some sore spots or have grown used to them until the physical therapist finds them. The size and sensitivity of these sore spots, called Myofascial Trigger Points, will decrease with treatment. Most patients are surprised by how gentle Myofascial Release is. Some patients fall asleep during treatment. Others later go home and take a nap. Most patients find Myofascial Release to be a very relaxing form of treatment. Progress is measured by a decrease in the patient's pain and by an improvement in overall posture.
It helps with
Soft/Connective tissue restricitions problems Lack of elasticity or mobilty of the joints Muscle and ligament issues Specially helpful on stiffness on sore neck