Benefits for the body: know the myofascial release technique

Myofascial release is a manual therapy technique often used in therapeutic massages. The focus is on decreasing pain in myofascial tissues, which are the resistant membranes that surround, connect and support the body’s muscles.

In this article, Healthy Minute will better explain how this technique works! Follow


What is myofascial release?

Myofascial release is a technique that reduces tension in the fascia, which is the fibrous tissue that covers the body’s muscles and relieves pain symptoms. For this, slow and continuous maneuvers are carried out, which apply pressure to certain points of the body. Foam rollers, sticks, tennis balls and even hands can be used.

It can be done manually, using techniques such as friction, sliding, compression, stretching, percussion and vibration. And also with specific instruments. There are several specialists who can apply the technique, such as physiotherapists and massage therapists.

What is it for?

Therapeutic massage, usually performed with a foam roller and hands, relieves and prevents muscle pain, improves posture, increases flexibility and stimulates blood circulation.

It focuses on reducing pain, relieving tension and tightness at trigger points (muscle nodules). Often, the technique is used on a wide area of ​​muscles and tissues, rather than on isolated points.

It is increasingly used by practitioners of physical activities to improve exercise performance and post-workout recovery. It is also widely used in physiotherapy sessions to relax the muscles.

It can also relieve the pain of people who have diseases such as plantar fasciitis, herniated discs, low back pain and inflammation, as well as injuries to the fascial system.

To perform myofascial self-massage, the person can purchase some specific accessories such as the roller, which works almost all muscle groups, tennis ball to massage the sole of the foot and the anterior and posterior parts of the leg and a stick, to work the muscles quadriceps (front of the thigh) and the back of the thigh.

Who can do myofascial release?

The technique is suitable for people of all ages and lifestyles, not just athletes. This is because the movement of everyday life can bring imbalances to the myofascial system. Therefore, whoever feels some kind of pain, can perform myofascial release, as long as they receive the guidance of a qualified professional.

People who have chronic headaches may also find relief from myofascial release. Gently tense the muscles in and around the neck and head can reduce discomfort.

People who suffer from venous insufficiency, which occurs when blood accumulates in the deep veins of the leg, can also benefit from myofascial release.

However, people who use anticoagulant drugs, have vascular problems, have body wounds, bruises, infections, fever and fractures, in addition to pregnant women need medical advice to perform myofascial release.

The technique can be done by the person himself, as a form of self-massage. However, it is worth consulting a professional to assess the risks, benefits and movements indicated.

It is worth mentioning that anyone who suffers from muscle pain due to poor posture at work, stress , repetitive movements and even due to sedentary lifestyle can benefit from the technique.

Myofascial release has several benefits, including flexibility and circulation.

What are the benefits of myofascial release?

It is a bodywork technique that works with different parts of the body, from muscles, bones to nerves and organs. Therefore, it offers several benefits. See below for details of the advantages of the practice:

Eliminates muscle tension

Myofascial release is a massage technique that applies pressure to some points of the body, either manually or with the aid of specific instruments. During the process, this pressure acts on muscle tension and promotes muscle relaxation.

Increases flexibility

Myofascial release returns flexibility. With exercises, muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons, among other organs, are able to move correctly.

Improves blood flow

It helps to improve blood flow while eliminating pain and tension in the fascia. These restrictions may also be interfering with blood circulation, that is, when muscle fibers lose tension, blood flows better.

Decreases muscle pain

By increasing blood flow, the body also experiences less muscle pain after physical activity, for example.

Improves mood

Contributes to mood, reducing levels of anxiety and stress.

Increases mobility

One of the main benefits of myofascial release is to increase mobility. It promotes a greater range of motion after a few treatment sessions.

Prevents repetitive strain injuries

Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) are caused by repetitive movements and excessive use of some muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons. Myofascial release releases tension that may exist in the regions before it becomes a more serious injury.

Other benefits

In addition, it can be beneficial for increasing body awareness, favoring the execution of movements, releasing and activating muscles, preparing the muscles that will be worked on and also preventing pain after heavy physical exercises.

It is worth noting that there are no scientific studies that prove the benefits of myofascial release. Most studies analyze therapeutic massages and chiropractic .

Where to do myofascial release? How much?

Myofascial release can be performed by several health professionals, and there are several clinics throughout Brazil that offer this type of service. The session fee may vary depending on the state.

Therefore, the amount can vary from R $ 50 to R $ 190 per session. Generally, physiotherapy and therapeutic massage clinics offer packages with 10 sessions, in these cases, they can offer a discount of the value.

Myofascial release sessions are similar to that of physical therapy for postoperative rehabilitation. It can last from 30 to 50 minutes and be performed daily or on spaced days. In some cases, months of myofascial release may be required to lessen the health problem.

Treatment progress is measured by the level of increased movement or muscle function and also by the decrease in pain experienced by the patient.

Among the specialists who can perform myofascial release are:

– Osteopaths;

– Chiropractors;

– Physiotherapists;

– Occupational therapists;

– Massage therapists;

– Sports medicine and muscle injury specialists.