Myofascial Release

Fascia is a connective tissue that goes everywhere throughout the entire body. It is interwoven in all directions, similar to a spider’s web. It is a supportive netting or sheathing that supports organs, arteries and veins, nerves, lymphatic tissue, muscle and bone.

Myofascial release is a type of physical therapy treatment often used to treat myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder caused by sensitivity and tightness in your myofascial tissues. These tissues surround and support the muscles throughout your body. The pain usually originates from specific points within your myofascial tissues called “trigger points.”

Myofascial release focuses on reducing pain by easing the tension and tightness in the trigger points. It’s not always easy to understand what trigger point is responsible for the pain. Localizing pain to a specific trigger point is very difficult. For that reason, myofascial release is often used over a broad area of muscle and tissue rather than at single points.

Beneficial for

Chronic shoulder and hip restrictions

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Plantar fasciitis (the most common type of heel pain)


TMJ dysfunction

Thoracic outlet syndrome


Acute sprains and strains

Poor posture and/or loss of flexibility

Other complex pain issues that have not responded to treatment

Although myofascial release therapy has very few risks, it is not recommended for individuals dealing with:

Burns or open wounds

Fracture or broken bones

Fragile or weak bones

Deep vein thrombosis or deep vein issues

Prescribed blood thinners