What is myofascial release?
Myofascial release is a type of soft tissue therapy aimed at breaking down scar tissue that may have formed between the muscles and fascia. Scar tissue, as its name suggests, is the buildup of repair tissue after an injury. In an ideal scenario, scar tissue would form parallel with the muscle fibers and eliminate the need for therapy. However, scar tissue tends to form in all directions at the site of the injured area resulting in restricted motion in those areas. Dr. Guillemette uses muscle-specific motion in conjunction with applied restricted forces in order to break down the scar tissue that has built up.
Myofascial release is a great therapy used to help athletes with chronic or acute muscle pains. It is also a great therapy to be used after an injury in order to ensure tissue healing is done in the proper direction.