Hello Andrea Karrs,
When done properly, myofascial release can help with pain by keeping the fascia lubricated. Lubricated fascia leads to better muscle activation and a healthier body overall.
Personal Trainer~NAPS 2 B Fit…
Myofascial release is simply another form of stretching/self massage. The benefits are similar. The risks are similar. You can over stretch, massage incorrectly, roll inappropriately, etc. This is not a good place to cover the subject. I suggest you research and read up on the subject. I use and recommend stretching, myo release, and massage depending on the situation/issue. Also, it is important to have physician clearance for myo release and massage therapy. And it is still better to have clearance for even stretching for someone who has not been stretching or active. Most of my clients are phyisican/physical therapist referrals. But I still request clearance for anything that hasn’t been specifically recommended.
Doing self-myofascial may help in “releasing” the micro spasms that develop in traumatized tissue and “break up” the fascial adhesions that are created through the cumulative injury cycle process, thus potentially improving the tissue’s ability to lengthen through stretching techniques, and movements.
Best wishes to you.