- Myofascial Release
"Myo" is the Greek word for "muscle." Fascia is a soft connective tissue located just below the skin. It wraps and connects the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels of the body. John Barnes, PT - a pioneer in the practice of Myofascial Release-likens fascia to a sweater given that it is "very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord." Rather than a group seperate systems, Barnes says our fascial system is actually "a continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption."
Muscle stretching or injuries can cause muscle fibers in the affected area to tighten and constrict, along with the fascia in that particular area, which can cause pain, limit range of motion and impact performance.
Myofascial release involves direct pressure on the affected area with slow stretching motions and is often performed by licensed physical therapists and massage therapists.
Self-myofascial release with a foam roller offers an effective, inexpensive, and convenient way to reduce muscle tension and reduce scar tissue adhesion. Self-myofascial release can help promote recovery from chronic pain and injury, improve athletic performance, and help you reach your health and fitness goals.