I recently had myofascial release massage and it worked out a lot of issues I have had over the years with tight leg muscles.
I would stretch but still that only helped relax my muscles a little and for a very short time. Walking around I felt like my muscles were holding onto a bunch of junk in my body. My circulation wasn’t good.
I met Dr. Awilda Wilson in Rogers, Arkansas at The Natural Path www.thenaturalpathnwa.com and she specialized in myofascial release massage as well as other therapies.
Here are some things I learned about what myofascial release is and the benefits of having this specific type of massage.
Fascia is the connective tissue network that runs through your body. It wraps around your internal organs and muscles and holds it all in place. When this system is healthy, it distributes strain evenly so that you don’t end up excessively loading one part of the body and causing injury. The fascial system is one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption.
Trauma, inflammatory responses and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce knots and restrict hydration and blood and lymph flow. Myofascial Release Massage will help unblock these areas.
5 Benefits of Myofascial Release Massage:
- Increases blood flow. Myofascial release can increase vascular function by getting rid of knots and tension in the fascia that may be restricting fluid flow in the area.
- Improves muscular range of motion. By breaking up the adhesions in the fascia, your muscles and connective tissue can move more freely.
- Reduces muscle soreness. With better circulation of the lymphatic system and blood flow to your muscles and connective tissues, you’ll experience less muscle soreness.
- Maintains normal functional muscular length. Relieves tension in the fascial system and helps your muscles return to their normal length, improving muscle function.
- Encourages movement of your lymph – A major component of your immune system that helps to fight infection in the body. The lymph system can only circulate by moving your body. Myofascial release massage encourages the flow of lymph back to the heart.
I’ve had two myofascial release massages and feel less fatigued. My legs don’t have that bound up feeling from muscle tension, because I now have better blood flow and lymph circulation.
Here’s to your Health!!
Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR