Using Movement for Myofascial Release

Fascia is an elastic connective system of thin bands or sheets that span the whole body, moving over, through, and between muscles, tendons, organs, and nerves. 

Myofascial pain is caused by tightness in your myofascial tissues. The pain usually originates from specific points within your myofascial tissues called “trigger points.” 

The full understanding of how the fascia works and what the part it plays in Human Anatomy is still on the horizon, but here and now we can use this information to better understand how to start intentionally moving our bodies to improve our health. 

Myofascial release is an alternative medicine treatment that focuses on the manipulation of connective tissue throughout the body, called fascia, to treat chronic pain and restore mobility. Massage and movement practices have been using these techniques for thousands of years in China and around the world, and now science is beginning to shed light on how these techniques work (1).

This fascia connects in and around all systems in the body and can affect the body’s functions in a number of ways such as causing restriction in blood flow due to stiffness, which could result in pain and lessen mobility. Fascia can also be affected by a number of factors like poor hydration, trauma or living a sedentary lifestyle. Day to day, everything we do plays a part in how the fascia is shaped and how it moves when the body moves.

The most common form of myofascial release is through manual manipulation. Hands-on massage and some sports therapy practices use a number of different tools to move fascia to promote circulation. Other forms, such as qi gong, yoga, and other movement practices use a variety of focused exercises that activate fascial chains (anatomy trains) that are said to move through and connecting to muscles, tendons, organs, and nerves to help release tension, increase circulation, and improve mobility and flexibility. 

We have a few movements you can try!

Crashing Waves Movement

Try this movement at home to manage myofascial pain and to reduce tightness.