What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial release (also known as “myo”) is a form of massage therapy that assists in the treatment of muscle tension and pain. Myo aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood flow, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.
Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps around muscles. This tissue can become restricted due to overuse, trauma, or inactivity, and often results in pain, muscle tension, and diminished blood flow.
Myo is a great fit for clients looking for a slow, steady, calm approach to massage whereby the therapist uses their forearms and elbows to deliver broad massage strokes to the body.
Therapists perform myo directly on the skin without the use of oils or creams. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.
The Mayo Clinic has a great write-up on myofascial release as an effective treatment for back pain.