Myofacial Release

Fascia is a connective tissue that surrounds every tissue and organ in the body. It is for support and for protection, it can be deep (wraps the organs and the muscles) or superficial (covers the whole body beneath the skin). Sometimes the fascia becomes adherent to the surrounding tissue or even create a trigger point. A trigger point is a hyperirritable spot usually in a tight band of muscle or its fascia. To enable these trigger points to release pressure or holding can be used.

Pressure can be applied with the palm, fingers, thumb or the elbow. This process can sometimes be uncomfortable though very effective in releasing the trigger point.

Holding works by warming the area to help it to relax. This is slower but less uncomfortable. Stretching is also helpful with myofascial discomfort. By combating these myofascial trigger points pain will be reduced, range of motion increased, posture will be improved and chance for injury or further injury will be reduced.

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