Myofascial Release

Defining Myofascial Release

Myofascial release (MFR) is often related to ‘trigger point therapy’. In MFR, the fascia (connective tissue) that holds your muscles, joints and tendons together receives sustained pressure that allows it to release. This helps muscular imbalances (which are often the cause of soft tissue injury and are caused by repetitive motions) to resolve and heal.

The effects MFR has on the muscle

According to this study, when MFR is combined with static stretching, it is 33% more effective than static stretching alone at increasing range of motion and flexibility. This means that your general employee flex and stretch programs could have been 33% more effective adding this method.

When you release the knots and adhesions in an overactive muscle, it allows an autogenic inhibition to happen, causing the muscle to lengthen. This is why it is considered a form of corrective flexibility. MFR also breaks up fascia and causes an increase of blood flow and chemicals that heal the muscle to enter the area.

Here are some ways to do a self myofascial release to help reduce your pain.