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Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is a rehabilitation treatment that can relieve pain and relax muscles and tissue.  Myo is the prefix for muscle, and fascial refers to the smooth tough tissue that covers them.  When muscles are injured or strained, both the muscles and fascia tighten, causing pain.  Myofascial release is a technique used by physical and occupational therapists to stretch tight and sore areas to relieve pain, restore tissue health, increase motion, and improve function.  Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue manipulation; it is not the same thing as massage.

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