What is Myofascial Release Therapy?

by Alena Metz

Myofascial Release Therapy is a holistic therapy used for treating musculoskeletal immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in tense muscles.

When we experience trauma - whether it be from physical injury, or even emotional, mental, or spiritual traumas - it creates myofascial restrictions that can produce pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain-sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.) The rate in which it takes a nerve impulse to travel through the body is approximately 180 mph. Studies have found that the weight of a dime (2.2 grams) on a spinal nerve can reduce nerve communication by up to 60% in as little as 15 minutes. So, imagine what a fascial restriction would do to your fascial system?