Myofascial Release Technique

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What is Myofascial Release Technique?

Are you all knotted up? Is your neck, shoulder, or back screaming for relief? Does your body always feel tight? If so, Myofascial release technique might be the answer.

You see, the human body can perform incredible feats like surfing an 18 foot wave or jumping 45 inches in the air. Now you might applaud muscles for these feats but you should credit fascia too.

“Myo” means muscle and fascia is this connective tissue that looks like a spider web-like matrix that holds everything together. It connects individual muscles together and entire muscle complexes together. It’s connected from head to toe and aligns the whole body together.

For example, say someone has chronic neck pain. A practitioner will not just work on the neck but they will look at the whole body. This is because the majority of fascia orients vertically so it can drag and put tension on far away areas. This means pain in the neck could actually be caused by fascia restrictions in the lower back.

The things that can cause restrictions and tightness in fascia are:

  • Car accidents
  • Whiplash
  • Surgery
  • Poor postural habits
  • Injuries

The Ultimate Guide to Myofascial Release Technique

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This appointment is your opportunity to tell us what hurts and discover whether Myofascial Release Technique is a good fit for you! During this session, you will talk with a massage therapist on a phone call (or online) and create the right care plan specifically for your pain. There is no obligation, this session is only to find out if Myofascial Release Technique can help you getting back to doing the things you love in life.

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The Ultimate Guide To Myofascial Release

How Does Myofascial Release Therapy Work?

The practitioner will first palpate to find where all the stiff and tight areas are. They will then work on releasing this tightness by gently massaging the area.

They will massage and stretch the areas with light pressure. They will do this multiple times until the therapist feels the tension is fully released. Many times they will spend 3-5 minutes holding pressure in one area until they feel it release.

Now, the therapist may work on areas that are not near where the pain is coming from because that pain could be caused by tightness in another area of your body. So the therapist will try to release tension in specific spots throughout your body that could be contributing to the condition.

Friction massage courtesy of Equilibrium (Read the caption)

What Are The Benefits of Myofascial Release?

There are many benefits of myofascial release. For example, gentle massaging on tight areas in and around the neck can reduce headaches.

More benefits of myofascial release include:

  • Improves range of motion
  • Accelerates recovery and reduces soreness
  • Relaxes the body
  • Improves circulation which helps speed up recovery
  • Releases tension, knots, and stress

However you should not do this technique if you have:

  • Underlying tumor
  • Open cuts/wounds
  • Fragile or broken bones
  • Deep vein issues or vein thrombosis.
  • Are currently taking blood thinners

Benefits of massage courtesy of The Chiropractic Office & Health Associates (Read the caption)


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Does Myofascial Release Hurt?

Myofascial release is most of the time a gentle massage, however at times it can be an intense experience. During the session the practitioner will massage, knead, and gently stretch the muscles and fascia to work out the knots.

The therapist will apply pressure to the knots or areas where it hurts to get them to relax. The pressure can be applied with hands or with elbows to get very deep into the tissue.

Afterwards, you might feel temporary soreness, but you will feel a lot looser than you did before the treatment.

How Long Does It Take To See Results From Myofascial Release?

For acute conditions they can resolve in a few treatments. For others it can take 4-12 weeks of treatment going 1-3 times per week depending on how severe the condition is.

How Do You Know If Your Fascia Is Tight?

Here are three signs that your fascia may be tight:

  1. You have difficulty moving your muscles through their full range of motion.
  2. Your muscles feel “knotty” or especially tender to the touch.
  3. You experience pain when pressure is applied to specific points in your muscle tissue.

Should You Ice After Myofascial Release?

Yes you can. In fact, it’s a good idea because some swelling may occur which is your body’s natural healing mechanism. 

You can apply ice over the injured area for 15 -20 minutes every 3 hours.  It’s good to do this during the first 24 hours after myofascial treatment.

An easy way to make an ice pack is by filling a plastic bag and wrapping it with a thin towel. After 48 hours apply heat for 15-20 minutes several times a day. You also can alternate between ice and heat.

There you have it! I hoped you enjoyed the information I just shared. If you are looking for myofascial release therapy near where you live, scroll down to use the search box to find the top Myofascial release therapy clinics near you.

What Should I Wear During Treatment?

This is a hands on modality that requires contact with your skin.

For women it’s recommended to wear a two piece swimsuit or sport bra and loose fitting shorts.

Men should wear loose fitting shorts or workout shorts.

Misconceptions about massage therapy courtesy of INNOVA Integrated Wellness Centrw

Conditions Treated With Myofascial Release

Even other pain issues that have not responded well to treatment can respond well to Myofascial release.

Interestingly, myofascial release can be performed on the pelvic floor as well.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does your body feel sore or tight? Do you have chronic pain in your shoulders, back, and even your head? Then myofascial release might be the answer.

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Most people feel looser after the first treatment. For acute conditions they can be resolved in as little as 2-3 treatments. For more chronic conditions it can take 4-16 weeks.


Myofascial Release Technique is one of several possible methods for relieving pain that do not rely on prescription medications and all the side effects and baggage they come with. Not to mention that most drugs can only mask pain, but rarely address root causes. Find a clinic if you are suffering from muscle tightness, soreness, or pain to improve your quality of life, today.