Myofascial release applies sustained pressure on targeted areas of connective tissue (fascia) that surround your muscles and bones. This pressure is meant to release the restriction in the connective tissue so that you have a greater range of motion and less pain.
The Therapist applies gentle pressure into the direction of the restriction by following the motion of the tissue, barrier after barrier, with sustained pressure that supports the release. This process relieves restrictions throughout the body, promoting strength, flexibility, full range of motion, aligned posture, and fluid movement.
A 2018 study concluded the effects of Myofascial Release in patients with neck pain that both Myofascial Release and Physical Therapy Multimodal Programs provide improvement of pain in patients with neck pain. A 2017 study found significant improvement in both pain and disability among patients with low back pain in response to Myofascial Release applied to the lumbar region. A 2018 study performed Myofascial Release on the thoracic spine and demonstrated that Myofascial Release can be effective in increasing both local and distal range of motion.