What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release is a therapeutic technique that releases tension and improves mobility in areas of the body that are suffering from pain or limited movement. It does this by targeting the fascia – a connective tissue that covers and supports muscles, bones, and organs throughout the body. Myofascial Release can help relieve pain and improve the range of motion by applying gentle pressure to restricted areas of the fascia.

The Myofascial Release process involves using hands-on techniques, such as fingers, knuckles, and elbows, to target areas of tension. Then, applying slow and deliberate pressure to the skin in these areas helps to release the underlying tension and promote healing.

However, it’s important to note that Myofascial Release is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Different schools of thought can lead to varying practices and techniques. At OLOS HEALTH, we follow a specific lineage of Myofascial Release that has roots in the method taught at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration.

What are the Benefits of Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release offers several benefits, including:

  • Reducing pain and discomfort: By targeting the fascia, Myofascial Release can help to reduce pain and discomfort throughout the body.
  • Improving mobility: By releasing tension in the fascia, Myofascial Release can help to improve mobility and flexibility.
  • Promoting relaxation: The gentle touch and pressure applied during Myofascial Release can have a calming and relaxing effect, reducing stress and promoting overall well-being.
  • Supporting rehabilitation: Myofascial Release can be an effective complementary therapy for individuals undergoing rehabilitation, helping to improve mobility and reduce pain.
  • Enhancing athletic performance: Myofascial Release can enhance athletic performance and support recovery from injury by improving mobility and reducing pain.

Why can Myofascial Release sometimes be uncomfortable?

The work of Myofascial Release can sometimes be uncomfortable because it involves applying deep pressure to areas of restriction in the fascia. This pressure can trigger the release of tension and discomfort in the affected tissue.

However, it’s important to note that the discomfort experienced during Myofascial Release should be tolerable and within the client’s comfort level. Therefore, the practitioner should constantly monitor the level of pressure and depth of the techniques to ensure that they are not causing undue discomfort or pain.

The discomfort experienced during Myofascial Release is temporary and should subside as the fascia begins to release. Over time, clients often report increased mobility, reduced pain, and improved overall well-being due to their Myofascial Release sessions.

As mentioned, If the pressure applied during Myofascial Release is too intense, it can result in pain or discomfort. That’s why working with a trained and experienced practitioner who can adjust the techniques to meet the client’s needs, and comfort level is essential.

If you’re interested in exploring the benefits of Myofascial Release in the context of Rolfing Structural Integration, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.