What is Myofascial Release?


Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the fascial  tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.

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 that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.) (courtesy https://www.myofascialrelease.com/about/definition.aspx)



According to the Medical Dictionary  Fascia is a sheet or band of fibrous tissue such as lies deep to the skin or invests muscles and various body organs.


Myofascial Release Treatment

Each treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia. The treatment may be performed over clothing as well and is still very effective .

You are a unique individual. During a therapy session many of Myofascial Release techniques are performed.

Common Areas of Treatment

The neck , back and legs are are area of the bodies that receive myofascial release therapy on a consistant basis.
A manual therapist who performs craniosacral therapy go thorugh a series of fascial release techniques before they work with the bones in the skull.

Myofascial Release was created by John Barnes PT.