Thursday, October 4, 2012

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is a technique that therapists can perform to improve muscle movement.  Fascia is a three dimensional web that surrounds muscles, nerves, and bones and that lends support and separation to all the body systems.  Fascial restrictions can occur for a variety of reasons such as birth trauma, inflammatory processes, poor posture, muscle weakness, and abnormal movement patterns. 

The primary purpose of myofascial release is to remove these restrictions and improve structural alignment.  Myofascial release is a form of stretching that allows for improved muscle relaxation and movement.  As the muscle softens, it allows for improved muscle elongation and elasticity which will allows for improved movement and posture.  Myofascial release can also help relax scar tissue which often causes restrictions as children grow. 

There are certain conditions in which myofascial release cannot be performed and your therapist will be aware of when myofascial release will be beneficial.  If you’d like to know more information about whether or not myofascial release might be beneficial for your child, please ask your therapist!