What is fascia? Fascia is the thin connective tissue that runs all over your body, creating an uninterrupted web that supports your bones, organs, nerves and blood vessels, along with all your muscles. It absorbs shock and helps your muscles move as part of the myofascial system. Fascia can accumulate trauma from sudden injuries, damaging repetitive movements and chronic conditions.
During myofascial release, using manual pressure your therapist will locate areas that are holding trauma and tension that feel stiff and tight. These areas decrease circulation and blood flow and restrict muscle and joint movements, all of which contribute to widespread muscle pain.
The focused manual pressure and stretching used in myofascial release works to loosen up restricted movement, leading to increased joint mobility, improved circulation and blood flow and decreased pain.