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Myofascial release is a type of treatment that uses stretching and sustained pressure to loosen myofascial restrictions? What does that mean? Fascia is a very thin connective tissue that covers every part of the human body, from major organs to bone, muscle and everything in between, similar to a membrane.
Remember that song about the leg bone being connected to the hip bone and so on? Well thanks to fascia, you can sing it any way you like and still not get it wrong. Different types of massages can focus on different areas of the body or techniques. But fascia connects everything.
Myofascial release treatment is meant to focus on restrictions where areas of muscle and fascia have become tense or rigid. Fascia is normally pliable. Injury or tension resulting from repetitive motion or poor posture causes it and muscle to tense up. Since fascia connects all parts of the body with each other, tensing in one area can negatively impact others as well. The treatment reduces the resulting pain and increases mobility.
This method was developed by John F. Barnes, P.T., who is now the President and Director of the Myofascial Release Treatment Centers.