Myofascial release is a form of massage therapy that uses sustained pressure to loosen or release tightness in connective tissues (fascia). It is thought that tightness within the fascia causes restriction of muscle and other tissues, resulting in back pain and loss of motion.
These myofascial restrictions can't be detected with standard medical imaging studies. In addition, there have been no published trials that have evaluated this therapy as a treatment for chronic back pain. For these reasons, myofascial release for back pain relief is not widely accepted in the medical community. However, this technique is often used in massage, and evidence suggests that it may relieve back pain in some people.
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