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What is myofascial release and how can it help me?

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

Always wondered what "fascia" and "myofascial release" is? We thought it might be time to explain it!

What is myofascial release?

First, let's start with the basics. Myofascial release involves applying gentle pressure to the fascia (which could be using the foam roller, RAD balls, soft balls, yoga blocks or stretching), which is the connective tissue that surrounds and supports your muscles and organs. This technique is used to relieve pain and improve mobility by releasing tension and adhesions within the fascia.

What are the benefits of myofascial release?

Pain relief

One of the most significant benefits of myofascial release is pain relief. By applying pressure to the affected area, the tension in the fascia is released, which can reduce pain and discomfort. This technique is particularly effective for those with chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia, back pain, and neck pain.

Improved range of motion

Another benefit of myofascial release is improved range of motion. When tension is released from the fascia, the muscles and joints can move more freely, allowing for greater flexibility and range of motion. This is beneficial for heavy exercisers as well as anyone with bad posture from repetitive activities - such as hunching over a desk or scrren, carrying a baby on one hip or breastfeeding

Enhanced athletic performance

Myofascial release can also enhance athletic performance by reducing muscle soreness and fatigue. By releasing tension in the fascia, muscles are able to recover more quickly after intense exercise, which can lead to improved performance and reduced risk of injury.

Better posture

Poor posture is a common problem for many people, and it can lead to a range of health issues, including back pain and headaches. Myofascial release can help improve posture by releasing tension in the fascia that may be causing poor alignment.

Stress reduction

Finally, myofascial release can be a great way to reduce stress and promote relaxation. By releasing tension in the fascia, the body is able to relax, which can reduce stress and improve overall mood.

How does myofascial release work?

Myofascial release works by applying gentle pressure to the fascia using a variety of techniques, including massage, stretching, and foam rolling. These techniques are designed to release tension in the fascia, allowing for greater movement and flexibility.

Who can benefit from myofascial release?

Myofascial release can benefit anyone, regardless of age or fitness level. It is particularly helpful for those with chronic pain conditions, athletes (including recreational athletes!), and anyone looking to improve their overall health and well-being.

In conclusion, myofascial release is a highly effective technique for reducing pain, improving range of motion, enhancing athletic performance, promoting better posture, and reducing stress. If you're interested in trying this technique, be sure to work with a qualified physical therapist who can help you achieve the best results.

If you are interested in trying myofascial release, you can book in to our Roll & Release Workshops and spend 2 hours tension and learning techniques you can use at home.

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