(Also Known as Active Release Technique, or A.R.T.)
Myofascial release therapy is a hands-on style of soft tissue treatment, focused on curing somatic (skeletal muscle) dysfunction. These treatment techniques are somewhat like a specifically-targeted restorative massage combined with calculated stretching and motion exercises.
A versatile technique that can provide lasting relief for a wide variety of soft tissue conditions, myofascial release techniques can be applied to muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.
Myofascial release therapy is used to identify muscles and other tissues that have become trapped – often in painful and even immobile positions. A gentle, sustained pressure is applied into the fascial restrictions by hand, allowing soft tissues such as the fascia to elongate safely, returning to their natural working form.
Myofascial release therapy provides relief in cases of:
- Back pain
- Chronic pains
- Acute/traumatic injuries
- Physical rehabilitation
- Carpal tunnel & related issues
- Restricted motion
- Muscular tightness/stiffness
- Post-surgical scar tissue development
- Joint dysfunction
- Sports-related injuries
Myofascial release therapy involves many different “releases”, specific to each part of the body. The majority of these involve gentle but persistent application of pressure to and/or sustained low-load stretching of the treatment area.
The best measure of success for this type of treatment is your increased range of motion and/or a decrease in the level of pain you feel in the affected area.