Hi there! Before we get started, we have a couple of questions.

Are you someone who has the chronic pain disorder myofascial pain syndrome? Or are you just curious about what is myofascial release?

Then this beginner’s guide to myofascial release is for you as we will be going over the following:

  • What is myofascial release?
  • How does myofascial release work?
  • Precautions

What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial release is a gentle therapy, consisting of light stretching and massage work. The focus of this treatment is to reduce pain by easing the tension and tightness found in trigger points which are specific pain points in your myofascial tissues.

How Does Myofascial Release work?

Myofascial release works with the therapist  applying hands-on massage strokes in order to release tension form the fibrous bands of the muscles, bones, nerves, and joints, by unblocking any scar tissue or adhesions due to injury in the muscle and surround tissues.

Furthermore one of the major positives with myofascial release is that you don’t need myofascial pain syndrome to try this massage treatment as it provides pain relief for those who experience chronic headaches and migraines. The therapist will do this by gently massaging muscles in and around the neck and head.

Another condition that myofascial release helps treat is venous insufficiency which happens when your veins are struggling to send blood from your limbs back to the heart. The symptoms range from swelling of the legs, itchy legs, aching or constant pain  in your leg.

Therefore massage therapist’s will use Myofascial release to help relieve pain with this condition by gently massaging the pain points on your leg with the focus again of reliving pain.


However it is recommended that if you have any of the following, you should not try this massage treatment:

  • Burns
  • Fractures or broken bones
  • Fragile or weak bones
  • Deep vein issues
  • Taking blood-thinning medication

Thank you for reading this beginner’s guide to myofascial release, we hope you learnt something new and if you are interesting in learning more you can contact us on 01273 921792 or if you would like to try a myofascial release massage, you can book an appointment with us.