“Myo” is Latin for muscle, and “fascia” is the connective tissue which surrounds every other tissue in the body, including the muscles, bones, nerves, ligaments, blood vessels and tendons. The fascia is one continuous web, and when it is functioning correctly, it cushions and supports tissues and joints, and provides 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.