Myofascial release is primarily used for releasing shortness and tightness in muscles.
This technique is most commonly sought by those experiencing ongoing back pain, it is also well known for helping those who may be suffering from a recent injury, Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia or even migraine headaches.
The tightness of the tissues when suffering from these symptoms pull the body out of alignment, causing a feeling of pressure that produces pain.
Myofascial pain is typically caused by skeletal muscles being bound down by tight fascia, or by damage to the myofascial tissue itself. In both cases this cases this inhibits blood flow. Once this begins, the inhibition of blood flow only causes the pre-existing contractions and restrictions to grow worse unless treated.