Benefits of a Myofascial Release Massage –
A relatively new treatment compared to other common massage modalities, myofascial release massage is growing in popularity within the massage therapy industry and the health community in Vancouver. It differs from classic treatments, in that it incorporates the use of gentle stretching techniques to engage the connective tissue between and throughout the muscles in the body. This more passive treatment has many positive effects on muscles, ligaments and even the immune system. Below are just a few of the many benefits this technique can have for the body and overall health.
Boost Your Recovery Time
Myofascial Release massage can help to increase both the flow of oxygen and lymphatic fluid (an essential part of the immune system) allowing more nutrients to reach soft tissue and muscle and helps to remove metabolic waste, speeding up your body’s recovery time. Some patients who had or are about to undergo surgery choose this treatment for better fascial alignment before surgery and to help boost their immune system after. Just be sure to get approval from your physician to make sure it’s the right treatment for you.
Improve Range of Motion
The techniques used during this kind of massage target adhesions or rough spots within the fascia (a type of connective tissue) giving the joints more range of motion to move more freely with fewer muscular or fascial restrictions during day-to-day activities and exercise.
Reduce Muscle Soreness
With fewer adhesions and an increase in blood flow, your muscles are less strained, and muscle pain can become less frequent, whether you’re on your feet all day for work or relaxing at home after a long day.
Help Eliminate Referral Pain & Trigger Points
Headaches, migraines, and lower back pain are common symptoms of trigger points in the body, caused by tight fascia that is putting the tension on the surrounding tissues and sending referral pain to other areas. Myofascial release works to relax the tightened fascia, helping to eliminate the trigger points that cause patients pain and difficulty.
With all these benefits, it is easy to understand why more massage therapists are incorporating this massage treatment, and why patients are choosing to add it to their regular self-care routine. Ask your registered massage therapist if a myofascial release massage can be beneficial to your unique condition.