In short, myofascial means muscle tissue and the connective tissue which surrounds it. When injured, strained, or stressed, the muscles form trigger points, which most people commonly know as knots.
These points, while extremely common, can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort, and are often a secondary response to conditions such as arthritis or degenerative disc disorder.
In general, trigger points can be formed by a number of stressors such as habitually poor posture, heavy lifting, repetitive overuse, mental and emotional stress, or even prolonged inactivity.
Therefore, since these “knots” are so common, myofascial release therapy is important because it allows us to unlock the contraction mechanism in the muscle, thereby causing a decrease in pain and tension.
Still, while many patients report relief from pain after one treatment, it is important to note that pain reduction is not always felt right away. Depending on your condition, your rate of improvement depends upon your overall physical health, nutrition, quality of sleep, level of fitness, etc. Good communication and patience are essential.