Massage Techniques: Myofascial Release
Myofascial release is a type of technique used in massage therapy. It focuses on the myofascia which is the sheath or tissues that surround, support and connect the main muscle tissue. If the myofascia becomes tight or sticks to the muscle fibres, the muscle cannot move properly. This is often felt by the patient as a general tight muscle or small pinches when the muscle is moved.
What is the difference between Myofascial Release and Deep Tissue Massage?
The difference between myofascial release and deep tissue massage is that myofascial release works on the sheaths that encase the muscle tissues, whereas deep tissue massage works on the deeper tissue fibres within the body. The main difference between myofascial release and deep tissue massage is the aim of myofascial release is to improve elasticity and remove any adhesions that prevent adequate movement of the muscle fibres within.
Are there any Myofascial Release dangers?
In terms of myofascial release dangers, there are no specific issues with the techniques used for myofascial release. However, those who have been advised not to have a massage for medical reasons, unfortunately, cannot have this treatment. Those who are currently taking blood-thinning medication can be at higher risk of mild bruising after treatment. This is generally a minor risk and is of no more concern than there would be with general massage techniques.
What Myofascial Release tools might be used?
There are some myofascial release tools that can be used to assist with myofascial release and these can include blades such as Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) tools, or shaped rollers, balls, and massage guns. At Relief, our massage therapists generally use manual techniques with their hands, but can use IASTM tools and blades in sports massage if it is required.
What to expect with myofascial release techniques
Myofascial release techniques will be incorporated as part of a wider massage treatment. A common technique our massage therapists will use is stretching and rubbing muscle fibres perpendicularly. This helps break up adhesions and promote the elasticity required to allow muscle fibres to flex and contract within the myofascial sheath. There are no specific requirements needed from the patient to accommodate the use of these techniques.
Still Unsure About a Visit to a Cambridge Massage Therapist?
As this therapy doesn’t require a specific booking, we strongly recommend you speak with a massage therapist so they can assess if this technique is right for you. You can book a consultation or request a free phone call to get some guidance on your next steps.
If you have any questions about any of the services we offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.