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Myofascial Release is a manual technique where the use of slow, sustained stretching of the bodies muscular connective tissue (myofascia) is used to reduce Myofascial tension, pain and to restore optimal movement and function.
AND THE BENEFITS?
The research has repeatedly shown Myofascial release to result in many physiological benefits including: Improved neuromuscular efficiency, restoration of optimal muscle length-tension relationships, improved joint range of motion, reduced pain, muscular relaxation and restoration of normal function.
WHO IS IT GOOD FOR?
Myofascial Release is ideal for anyone suffering with daily aches and pains, whether its from your job, or what you do outside of the office. Not only this but both can target specific areas of the body to promote healing in target tissues to alleviate pain and restore normal function following injuries from tendinitis and repetitve strain injuries, muscle sprains, bone fracture healing to general back and neck pain
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got more questions?
"How is Myofascial release different to sports massage?"
There are several differences in these treatments. Perhaps the most obvious differences revolve around the types of tissue you are targeting with each treatment. Myofascia is the body’s connective tissue and whilst it has different layers it still, in principle works on more superficial tissue than the deeper tissue targeted with a sports massage. A sports massage tends to be a little faster paced and strong with powerful manual work, whereas Myofascial release focuses on the long, slow, sustained stretching of the target tissue.
"When should I get this treatment?"
Specifically, for post-exercise, I would have one as quickly after finishing as possible, whilst the tissue is still warm would be best as you get the added bonus of the blood circulating around the active muscles. However, this isn’t always possible and the next 12-72 hours are all well within an ideal timeframe to get the desired benefits listed above.
"How long should a sports massage be?"
Similar to a Sports massage this too can vary depending on the size of the area, that needs to be worked into. If you after a whole body treatment, then 60-90 minutes would be my prescription, especially on the first session where you should have your initial body assessment. If it is for a more specific area or an injury to an isolated area, then again 45-60 minutes is ideal.
"What do I wear?"
Ideally, the areas which need to be worked on will be exposed and your modesty protected by a towel. If you are not comfortable with this, then wear loose comfy clothing, which your therapist can easily move to get to the target tissue