Myo is Latin for muscle and fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds every other tissue in the body including muscle, bone, nerves, ligaments, blood vessels and tendons. The fascia is one continuous web.
When this web is functioning correctly it cushions and supports tissues and joints, and providing feedback to the brain via mechanical receptors located within it. Fascia responds to the forces put through it and can change in response to trauma, poor posture, misalignment, stress and repetitive strain.
Changes in the tension of fascia can lead to increased pressure on soft tissue such as nerves, blood vessels and muscle resulting in pain. Myofascial release is a technique that corrects any maladaptations of this fascial web and allows damaged or compressed tissue space to heal.