Myofascial Release – The What? The Why? The How?

Myofascial release is a treatment designed to realign our bones and muscles.

When our muscles are pulled and held out of shape over time, you feel the tension, the burning sensation and pain associated with trigger points. There’s usually something else associated with the bones and muscles being out of whack – our fascia.

Our what? I hear you ask – our fascia. It’s a web like structure found throughout our whole body. When you look at it, it’s like wet cotton wool, mixed with gelatine that’s been teased apart and spread over every muscle fibre, muscle, tendon, joint and ligament. This substance gives our body tension and integrity to move the way we do.

Everyday stresses – walking, sitting, standing, all put pressure through our whole body, joints & muscles. Have you ever noticed when you sit you tend to lean to one side? You may cross your legs or sit on one leg. Myfascial release can treat this.

Your head may jut forward to accommodate poor office ergonomics. This is causing pain in another part of your body, seemingly unrelated to the original area, but the sensory feedback passing through our fascia, muscles and bones may just be coming from one small adjustment when we lean to our favoured side, cross our legs, sit on one leg and jut our head forward.

It may get worse before we seek help to adjust our ‘normal’. We tend to cover our pain with painkillers, we may seek professional help from our doctor. We may just need someone to adjust the pressure and sensory feedback for a couple of weeks by massaging our pains away.

Melting the tension away, as well as providing us with other sensory distractions i.e. smell and touch, pushing, stretching, and rubbing our muscles in different directions. All these actions and stimulants, while working on our skeleton and muscles is also having an effect on our muscle fascia. Myofascial release can help treat this.

Booking in with your Myotherapist is an important step to getting back some of your ‘normal’ movement, posture and body patterns. An assessment is done as well as a health history taken, to have a starting base. Your Myotherapist may ask you to perform different movements such as bending, walking, sitting, standing, squatting and deep breathing so they can assess your movement before they make any physical changes to your ‘normal’.

The Myotherapist will then start to treat you. Usually they use their hands to feel the tension in and around your pain. They may ‘target’ a particular area or they may use their techniques to treat your whole body.

As a Myotherapist I like to feel tension through the myofascia (myo=muscle) without oil first. I will feel the muscles and how tense they are so I can then work out how to treat your pain. I usually start with a full body session, so I can feel where your tension goes and you can feel where there is other stress and tension in your body too. This way we have the same start in how to treat you. Your feedback before, during and after my treatment is all part of the session. Sometimes it will be uncomfortable, but I’m here to help you not hurt you!