Fascial (soft tissue) injuries can occur from excessive strain or overuse. Fascia literally covers everything in the body including nerves, blood vessels, organs and muscles. After an injury, inflammation and proliferation of new cells occur, during which fibrosis and formation of scar tissue in the injured fascia may occur. These changes reduce elasticity and cause adhesion, which can lead to diminished soft tissue function and pain. These alterations also may increase the risk of re-injury.
Myofascial release helps restart the healing process by removing the scar tissue and releasing adhesions, while also increasing blood supply and nutrient supply to the injured area. This process can be done either manually (by hand) or assisted with stainless steel instruments (Instrument-Assisted-Soft-Tissue-Mobilization/IASTM).
For more information on our treatment methods, visit our videos section. Also check out our blog posts on soft tissue injuries, which will go more in-depth on the subject matter.
Key Terms: IASTM, Myofascial Release, Soft Tissue Mobilization, Adhesion Release Fascial Manipulation, Fascial Mobilization.