Myofascial release is a very intense, effective form of treatment for a number of different conditions. From the basic — relaxation of the muscles by activating the sensory receptors connecting muscle fiber to tendon — to the more complex, correcting muscle imbalances by restoring muscles to their optimal length-tension state.
What Is Myofascial Release?
For a quick view into what Myofascial Release is, check out this excellent informational video by Richard Harty.
Active individuals know that massage is a key part of total body maintenance. For athletes and those other individuals who remain highly active, myofascial massage can offer even more benefits than a standard, Swedish massage treatment. With its slow, deep-tissue techniques, it can highly increase your blood flow — a key component in recovery after exercise. By targeting adhesion in the muscle belly and tendons, it can greatly improve range of motion.
Moreover, this study found that myofascial massage on the extremities in particular, the hands, wrist, ankles and feet, was especially beneficial. Two conditions, lateral epicondylitis and plantar fasciitis — which can be incredibly limiting and painful conditions — saw marked improvement after the application of myofascial massage.