Myofascial release is a hands-on therapy. Practitioners believe that releasing built-up tension within the myofascial tissues can help relieve muscle pain. This pain is unique from other pain symptoms, because the pain stems from trigger points.
John Barnes, a physical therapist, created myofascial release while trying to alleviate pain stemming from spinal injuries. He developed a theory based on the relationship between the fascia, function, and pain syndromes in the body.
He focused on how problems seem to originate within the fascia and how this can have long-lasting effects. He developed one system for releasing the restrictions in the fascia to help to alleviate those effects.
During therapy, practitioners find spaces that seem rigid and fixed, rather than flexible and pliant, within the fascial tissues.
They then apply light pressure and stretches to loosen these spaces and alleviate pain. Myofascial release can also be created using stretch techniques where the stretch spans the area of fascia being released.
Myofascial release can alleviate or relieve pain associated with many chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.
An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.