Myofascial release is a very effective hands-on technique that provides sustained
pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.  The
theory of Myofascial Release requires some understanding of the fascial system
(or connective tissue).  The fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an
appearance similar to a spider's web or sweater.  Fascia is very densely woven,
covering and inter-penetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery, and vein as well
as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain, and spinal cord.  The
most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of
separate coverings.  It is actually one structure that exists from head to foot
without interruption.  In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire
body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.

Fascia also plays an important role in the support of our bodies, since it surrounds
and attaches to all structures.  These structures would not be able to provide the
stability without the constant pull of the fascial system.  In fact, our bones can be
considered as tent poles, which cannot support the structure without the constant
support of the guide wires (or fascia) to keep the adequate amount of tension to
allow the tent (or body) to remain upright with proper equilibrium.  In the normal
healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration.  It has the ability to
stretch and move without restriction.  When we experience physical trauma,
scarring, or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its pliability.  It becomes tight,
restricted and a source of tension to the rest of the body.  Trauma, such as a fall,
whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture over time and repetitive stress
injuries has cumulative effects.  The changes they cause in the fascial system
influence comfort and the functioning of our body.  The fascia can exert excessive
pressure producing pain or restriction of motion.  They affect our flexibility and
stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and strain.
What is Myofascial Release Therapy?