Relieve Chronic Pain with Myofascial Release Therapy

August 15, 2019
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Myofascial release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique offered in deep tissue, Ashiatsu or cupping massage.  This technique includes gentle to deep sustained pressure, which is applied to the myofascial connective tissue in problem areas. Myofascial release can help eliminate pain immediately and helps to restore mobility and flexibility.

What is Fascia?

Fascia, or myofascial connective tissue, is a densely woven tissue that covers, interpenetrates and connects every part of the body. This continuous, uninterrupted web connects and supports every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and Relieve Chronic Pain with Myofascial Release Therapyvein. It also surrounds and connects the internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord.

Injury, inflammation, surgical procedures and repetitive strains can all create myofascial restrictions. These limit movement, inhibit circulation and cause pain. Recent studies have shown that myofascial restrictions can produce tensile pressures of up to 2,000 pounds per square inch. It's easy to imagine how internal tension like that can affect our overall sense of well-being and ability to function.

Fascia is fascinating!

In addition, fascia acts like a communication network. Fascia has sensory myofascial releasereceptors that transmit information to the brain as your body moves through time and space. Healthy fascia provides information to the brain more efficiently and effectively. Newer research highlights the importance of keeping fascia healthy and its powerful role in your overall health. Fascia stores energy and renews energy during dynamic movement. In short, caring for the health and strength of your fascia can improve not only physical conditioning but mental processing as well.

What is Myofascial Release Therapy?

The goal of myofascial therapy is to stretch and loosen the fascia so that it and the surrounding structures can move more freely. This restores movement and decreases or eliminates pain. Myofascial Release provides a wonderful approach to therapeutic bodywork. It's profound relief for chronic tension, pain and restricted movement is extremely helpful and liberating. Our staff here at Zama are rigorously trained in myofascial release, as it is the critical ingredient to transforming and providing pain relief in fascia. Deep Tissue Massage, Ashiatsu and cupping all incorporate myofascial release techniques.

Relieve Chronic Pain with Myofascial Release TherapyFoam rollers are a powerful at-home wellness tool!

In addition to seeing a professional therapist to provide myofascial release, you can utilize trigger point balls and foam rollers at home! In fact, here at Zama, our therapists are trained to provide at-home instructions for myofascial release so that you can access the most benefit from your massage! Your body would benefit from a daily foam rolling session, it's like giving yourself a massage! This can be transformative in your self care routine and help keep pain at bay.

How does Myofascial Release work?

The hands-on technique of myofascial release therapy involves applying gentle, sustained pressure to the myofascial tissue. This slow, focused and deep therapy allows the restricted tissue to elongate and release. This relieves pain and restores flexibility and movement. The techniques are performed directly on the skin, usually with light oil or cream or none at all. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release.

For more information about which massage can best suit your needs, or to schedule an appointment, give call us at (503) 281-0278. Book here! 


Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa

2149 NE Broadway Street
PortlandOregon 97232
Off street parking in back (compact cars only).

Phone: 503.281.0278


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