Why is myofascial
release so effective?
A restriction in the fascia
can cause discomfort and limited movement, sometimes in places distant
from the root cause. For example, restrictions in the shoulder can
pull on and cause pain in the wrist. Your therapist will release
restriction in a whole region, not just one area in isolation. To
address pain in the wrist and hand, for example, a therapist may work
from the neck to the tips of the fingers.
With restrictions released
in the fascia, not only is temporary tightness relieved, but long-held
patterns of tension can be reversed. This allows muscles to stay
lengthened and perform in balance with each other, helping to break
habits such as poor posture and protective "muscle guarding."
Because of this, people often notice that their pain relief, improved
movement and other effects are long-lasting.