- Myofascial Release & Soft Tissue Mobilization
Fascia is soft tissue that provides support and surrounds most structures within the body including muscle and connective tissue. This soft tissue can become restricted due to overuse, trauma, inactivity, or poor posture. This restriction causes local inflammation, which can become chronic, leading to a thickening of the fascia, often referred to as trigger points. Myofascial release refers to a manual soft tissue technique intended to slowly stretch out the restricted fascia. This is achieved by directly applying a force on the tissue either by ischemic pressure or slow stokes to elongate the fascia and restore normal tissue mobility in order to reduce pain and irritation.
Soft Tissue Mobilization
Soft tissue mobilization is a manual treatment technique emphasizing the reduction of soft tissue adhesions brought on by muscle imbalances. These imbalances are developed over long periods of time through improper movement patterns (muscle compensation), which develop as a result of pain or other impairments that alter normal function. It is important to address muscular imbalances, connective-tissue tightness, and localized soft tissue impairments in order to reduce pain and abnormal movement patterns.