What is Fascia and Myofascial Release?
Sometimes referred to as fascia blasting, myofascial release is a newer ‘science’, where a person applies, or has someone else apply, deep pressure to fascia and muscles for a variety of reasons.
Most commonly to relax and loosen muscles, but recently in the last couple years, some claim it releases toxins and eradicates cellulite.
Any time we hear something removes cellulite, which is a genetic trait, we raise our eyebrows and turn to the folks in white coats for evidence.
So what do we know about myofascial release or fascia blasting?
What Is Fascia?
Fascia is like a tightly woven net that surrounds your muscles and organs and holds them together.
Muscles need them to work, your body needs it to stay ‘together’.
Some claim that these nets can get tight, twisted or can contribute to pain, weight gain and cellulite.
Enter: Myofascial Release
What is Myofascial Release?
People use deep massage, rolling and even acupuncture to relax and release fascia.
It’s not just a ‘deep tissue’ massage–fingers and tools are used to deeply ‘gouge’ the underlying target of fascia.
It can result in extreme bruising, swelling, broken blood vessels and some claim it can cause exhaustion.
It can be painful, but many claim it does wonders for stress, pain from injuries and even cellulite reduction in the long term.
But, science doesn’t always back up the testimonials.
In fact, some of the smart folks in white coats say it can actually be a bad thing to attempt to modify the fascia because it’s misleading can result in injury.
Other users have claimed pressing deeply or blasting fascia releases toxins into the body causing a multitude of issues—this is another claim that is unsubstantiated by solid science, but important to note.
So what do we say?
Talk to your doctor, first. Make sure your doctor is educated enough on this particular topic to respond.
If not, ask for a recommendation. The purpose of any cathartic therapy is healing—so make sure you’re improving your condition instead of worsening it.
Take care of you.