Myofascial release therapy is often confused with massage therapy because both involve hands-on manipulation of the soft tissue. While massage focuses primarily on muscles, myofascial release focuses primarily on the fascia.
Fascia is the connective tissue that runs from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet, almost like a three-dimensional spider web with gel between the strand of web. Fascia strengthens, supports and cushions the human body.
There are three layers of fascia. Superficial fascia is the top layer that lies below the skin and allows muscles to move the skin. Nerves run through this layer. Deep fascia surrounds muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels, while the visceral or parietal fascia holds organs in place within their cavities. Continue reading