Myofascial Release

The fascia forms the largest system int he body as it is the system that touches all the other systems

-James L Oschman, PhD


What is Myofascial Release? 

A whole body, hands-on three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions and facilitate the emergence of emotional patterns and belief systems that are no longer relevant or are impeding progress.

 Goal of Myofascial Release

  • To remove fascial restrictions and restore the body’s equilibrium to be aligned with gravity
  • When this is accomplished, the body’s inherent ability to self-correct returns, thus restoring optimum function and performance with the least amount of energy expenditure

 Fascial Restrictions

  • Can pull the body out of its three-dimensional alignment with the vertical gravitation axis causing biomechanically inefficient , highly energy-consuming movement and posture
  • Ideally, we should be balanced around the vertical axis of gravity
  • Imbalance shortens the body and increases the expenditure of energymyofascial

Emotional Trauma= Fascial Restrictions

  • During traumatization, a proprioceptive memory pattern of pain is established in the central nervous system
  • These reflex patterns continue to perpetuate the pain during and beyond healing of the injured tissue
  • If fascia has tightened and is creating symptoms distant from the injury, all of the appropriate localized treatments will produce poor or temporary results because the cause of the problem is left untreated

 Myofascial Release is not about feeling better, it’s about GETTING BETTER AT FEELING

-John F Barnes, PT

Which Patients Would Benefit from Myofascial Release? 

  • Headaches
  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Muscle pain and spasms
  • Fibromyalgia, Sciatica
  • Sports injuries
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Poor posture
  • Abdominal scarring
  • Low back pain
  • Plantar fasciitis


What is the fascia?

  • Tough connective tissue that spreads throughout the body in a 3-D web from head to foot
  • Serves major purpose by permitting the body to retain its normal shape and maintain vital organs in their corrective positions
  • Allows the body to resist both internal and external mechanical stresses
  • It covers everything: muscles, bones, nerves, organs, vessels

Functions of the fascia:

  • Support/cohesion and separation/protection of bodily structures
  • Fibroplastic qualities allow fascia to assist in healing process by laying down scar tissue
  • Superficial fascia
    • Fat is stored here, thus conserving body heat
  • Deep fascia
    • Maintains physiologic limb contour
    • Enhances venous and lymphatic circulation
    • Provides additional surface area for muscle attachment

Physiology of Myofascial Release

  • Elicit of heat
  • Enhancement of lymphatic drainage of toxic metabolic waste products
  • Realignment of fascial planes
  • Resetting of the soft tissues proprioceptive sensory mechanism

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