Todd Steele, LMT
Massage Therapist, Fort Worth
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE TECHNIQUE
Myofascial Release Technique aka Deep Tissue Massage
Myofascial Release Technique also known as deep tissue massage, uses skilled touch-palpation to simultaneously assess and address muscle (myo) and the connective tissue (fascia) that surrounds and interlaces muscle. It communicates with the body's control system about current muscle conditions and asks for a change by giving feedback to that system using various pressures, angle and direction of pressure/tension, duration of pressure, and slow moving contact. As it does that, it continuously reassesses change and resistance to change, and continues to ask for change as needed. It is communication with your nervous system about your current "normal" state of muscle health, and it is education (neuromuscular reeducation) that is at best entertaining, cooperative and comfortable(1). It is also an interactive therapy because you are in charge of how much pressure intensity is used, in spite of deep tissue massage having a reputation for being painful. If it is more than you want, just say "less please." This is one of the most challenging parts of the therapy because it is unusual for patients to have a say in their therapy, and we all seem to have the belief of "no pain - no gain." At most it should "hurt good." You will know it's working if you catch yourself snoring even though you're awake, drifting between relaxed wakefulness and dreaming or hear your stomach growling, which all signal that you are in a deep state of relaxation and repair. Myofascial release technique is effective in improving limited freedom of movement, weakness, feelings of heaviness, aches and pains, joint problems related to imbalances of muscle tension and improves posture.