The word myofascial means muscle tissue (myo) and the connective tissue in and around it (fascia). Myofascial release is a safe manual technique for stretching the fascia with the aim to balance the body. Fascia is located between the skin and the underlying structure of muscle and bone; it is a seamless web of connective tissue that covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures in our body. Injuries, stress, trauma, and poor posture can cause restriction to fascia, and the goal of myofascial release is to release fascia restriction and restore mobility.
Practitioners use knuckles, elbows, or other tools to slowly stretch the restricted fascia in an attempt to bring about changes in the structures by mobilizing adhesive tissues. The practitioner moves slowly through the layers of the fascia until the deep tissues are reached. This treatment improves functional movement in daily life and sporting activities to use your muscles more efficiently by inducing relatively long-lasting changes to the body.