Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. It is called the "trigger point method." It is a massage technique which uses gentle, sustained pressure on the problem areas to release adhesions and smooth out the fascia. Multiple studies show that Myofascial release can result in decreased pain, better posture, reduced symptoms, increased range of motion, and improved quality of life.
One clinical review suggested that we get more benefit from treating fibromyalgia pain at Myofascial trigger points and other places with active pain was more effective than treating the tender points that doctors use to diagnose the condition.
A study showed that 20 weeks of Myofascial release improved sleep, pain, anxiety levels and quality of life in people with fibromyalgia for at least a month after the treatment ended. At the six-month mark, sleep quality was still higher but other improvements had tapered off, suggesting a need for continued treatment.
Because fibromyalgia makes us so sensitive to touch and pressure, some people are reluctant to try massage. The gentleness of myofascial release may make it easier for many to tolerate than deeper forms of massage, such as Rolfing. With any form of hands-on therapy, it's crucial to communicate with your therapist about how much pressure you can tolerate and any pain you may experience during or after treatment.