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.
ACHES AND PAINS
what are 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 from daily aches and pains, whether it is 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 repetitive strain injuries, muscle sprains, bone fracture healing to general back and neck pain
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?"
Myofascial release is something that can be used to target a specific issue and used as needed. However, I have clients who use regular myofascial release sessions as part of their training and recovery. So if you are wondering if its right for you, come in and try it and we can decide what is best together.
"How long should a session 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 in 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