Fascia is defined as the tissue that supports internal organs and acts as connective tissue between muscles. Myofascial release is a therapy geared towards massaging these connective tissues in the body. Myofascial release is a hands-on massage technique in which the holistic health practitioner applies safe and gentle pressure in order to eliminate pain in the patient and restore their range of motion. John F. Barnes, famous myofascial practitioner, states that “trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures”.1 Myofascial release therapy helps remove some of the pressures to reduce pain throughout the body.
Myofascial release is a process that does not involve any lotions or machinery. The practitioner is able to determine tense areas with a hands-on evaluation of the individual and treat them accordingly. Myofascial release can help patients suffering from a multitude of body ailments including, back pain, birth injuries, bursitis, carpal tunnel, cerebral palsy, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, migraines, infertility, osteoarthritis and much more. Some massage therapy education programs offer continuing education in myofascial release and myofascial release can be studied in seminar form. For more information visit the link below.
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