First in order to understand the purpose and importance of myofascial release we have to understand what the word “myofascial” means. The first part of the word “myo” means of muscle or relating to muscle. The second word “fascia” has to do with the actual tissue that surrounds the muscle. Fascia is a part of the connective tissue system a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs. Fascia is composed of two types of fibers: collagenous fibers, which are very tough with very little elasticity, and elastic fibers, which are stretchable.
Why is it important to release this tissue?
Restrictions in facia pull on muscles and other structures causing tightness, pain and limited range of motion. Due to the fact that we as human beings have to move so much throughout the course of a single day it is important to make sure our fascia is functioning properly and we constantly provide it with maintenance so that we do not underwork/overwork certain areas of our body and cause an injury. By releasing fascia not only can we restore range of motion to muscles and joints in the body we can actually lower the risk of injury and prevent future injury as well. If a muscle or group of tissue in the body does become injured we can release the surrounding fascia to speed up the recovery process, decrease inflammation, and decrease the pain. Therefore understanding myofascial release and constantly applying it is something we believe everyone both athletes and the average individual should utilize and benefit from!