The fascia is a tough connective tissue that creates an uninterrupted 3-dimensional web throughout the body from head to foot. Stress, trauma, postural habits, and inflammation cause this fascial web to bind down and put excessive pressure on muscles, blood vessels, boney structures, organs, and nerves, which can translate as pain or lack of motion. This is that feeling of being stuck.
The myofascial release technique (MFR) consists of gentle application of sustained pressure into the fascial restrictions. The essential element of long, slow, and oppositional holds allows the viscous flow in the fascia to elongate, and as a result, the client experiences an enhanced range of painless mobility.
Studies show the viscoelastic quality of the fascial system causes it to resist applied force. Therefore, the old-school forms of deep tissue massage, or structural integration where the therapist gets in there and grinds on the muscle, simply forces a system that cannot be forced, often producing limited results and in some cases more pain.