Myofascial Release Explained

By: Diana Lihou, RMT , Oct 26, 2015
Myofascial Release Explained, Hands on Health Massage Therapy, Ottawa

Have you considered myofascial release treatments?

Myofascial release is a manual technique, used to manipulate the fascia. The fascia surrounds all of the organs, muscles, and bones in the body and can influence the positioning of the skeleton.

The therapist uses their hands to apply various pressures to the fascia and follow its path in the body. In response to the pressure, the body releases the pull that the fascia has on surrounding structures. This release helps to relieve pain and improve postural alignment. 

Structural myofascial therapy aligns and balances the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia. As fascia is lengthened, it allows the body to move more efficiently. The therapist applies pressure to the body, working the entire fascial network in a systematic way. When the tension in restricted fascia is released, the body can return to its structurally optimal position. 

Everyday stress, dehydration, repetitive use strain and immobility, trauma and injury, and the continuing pull of gravity will drag the body out of its vertical alignment. The fascia gradually shortens, tightens, and adjusts to accommodate the misalignment. When the body is out of alignment, it creates inefficiency and imbalance resulting in stiffness, discomfort, pain, and loss of energy. 

When a body is aligned and balanced, it moves with greater ease. It requires less energy to function. Good posture is effortless and breathing is easier. The body becomes more flexible and more coordinated and performance improves.

Diana is a massage therapist at Hands on Health Massage Therapy in Ottawa. She is a graduate from Sault College’s three year intensive Massage Therapy program, and has been an upstanding member of the College of Massage Therapists since completing her provincial examinations after graduation in 1999. Diana’s foundation of massage therapy is set in her Swedish massage techniques, but she has taken post graduate courses to expand her knowledge to include myofascial release & Structural Myofascial Therapy, Hot Stone massage, infant massage instruction, Reiki and ethics and client relations. After enjoying eight fulfilling years of work at Greenbank Massage Therapy she felt it was time to expand her wings and start her own clinic. Finding the perfect location and setting up the clinic with her own personnel touch renewed her passion for massage therapy. She conducts her practice with professionalism and compassion for her clients and it shows in her high client retention rate.