Myofascial release in physiotherapy

Myofascial release : symptoms and treatments

What is myofascial release? Myofascial release treats soft tissues with pain and movement limitations. It is a generic term used in manual therapy. It is a generic term used in manual therapy. Our body is made of several structures including joints, capsule, ligaments, muscles, fascia, nerves and skin. When moving a part of our body, these different elements work together to allow movement. A good relationship between these structures is essential in order to achieve complete mobility.

Each of the above-mentioned elements can be injured or limited in its mobility, so there are techniques and exercises to stretch, mobilize or treat each of these structures. Muscles and fascia can be collectively referred to as myofascial tissues and are often treated together, which is known as myofascial release.

Definition: Myofascial tissues are composed of muscles and fascias. Muscles are contractile tissues that provide stability and mobility to the body. The fascia is an envelope that covers the muscles, organs and other structures, thus connecting the different elements that form the body.

Causes and symptoms

The mobility of myofascial tissues may be limited for various reasons. An injury (sprain, fracture, and bursitis) or repeated stress on the tissues (tendinitis, epicondylitis) is often the cause of myofascial pain. The pain itself can restrict the mobility of the myofascial tissue. Inadequate posture, prolonged immobilization, collagen disease, a severe burn or scarring are other possible causes of damage to myofascial tissues.

The symptoms experienced can vary and express themselves in different ways. They may include a deep pain that increases on palpation, stiffness or even fatigue. Other signs can also suggest a myofascial problem, like a decrease in mobility and muscle tension (cords and trigger points). Do you know that fascia retractions can even affect breathing? Since the diaphragm and the organs are connected between them by different fascias, when these are hurt, they have a direct impact on breathing. A physiotherapist from one of our CMI Clinics will be able to determine the causes of the problem and the structures to treat after assessing your condition.


Myofascial release consists of both superficial and deep manual massage and rubbing techniques that create a stretch and promote relaxation. This specific technique also aims to mobilize the different layers of fascia and break down adhesions that may have formed between the skin, fascia and muscles. An important part of the treatment will be teaching exercises that can then be performed at home. The use of balls or rolls may be recommended to increase the effectiveness of home treatment. The benefits of treatment will be felt quickly in the form of pain relief and improved flexibility and joint mobility.


Myofascial release is a recommended technique for various musculoskeletal problems. Athletes often use it to reduce soreness and increase flexibility. Different disorders such as tendinitis, bursitis, and others can be treated by myofascial techniques in combination with other modalities. Significant scars and skin adhesions can also benefit from this type of approach. The physiotherapist will often use other stretching and treatment modalities such as heat, ultrasound, manual therapy and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) to optimize healing of an injury.

In summary, it is recommended that you consult a physiotherapist when you suspect myofascial pain. He or she will be able to take care of you quickly to prevent your pain from getting worse. Myofascial release will certainly help you relax and make it easier for you to perform your sports or work. Are you experiencing pain? Make an appointment at one of our clinics and consult our health professionals. At CMI, your well-being is our top priority. Do you have pain? Make an appointment at one of our clinics and consult our health professionals. At CMI, we take care of your health. Do you have pain? Make an appointment at one of our clinics and consult our health professionals. At CMI, we take care of your health

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