"Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. First described by Andrew Taylor Still and his early students, the therapy relaxes contracted muscles, improves blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulates the stretch reflex in muscles."
Janet Travell first used the term "myofascial trigger point" in the 1940's and published her famous reference book, "Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Triggerpoint Manual" in the early 1980's. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, and licensed massage therapists now employ myofascial release techniques.
At this time, there are two types of myofascial release therapy, direct and indirect. Practitioners may use a variety of direct techniques using their hands or tools to stretch and lengthen the fascia. Indirect techniques involve slow stretch and unwinding of the tissue. Often a combination of the two aforementioned MFR types are utilized around the globe.
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