Myofascial Stretching is a self-treatment technique that results in the re-lengthening of shortened, bounded connective tissue. It follows the principles of Myofascial Release, utilizing sustained pressure and active elongation into restrictions in the fascial system, and differs from conventional stretching by addressing the firmer component of the connective tissue and not just the muscle and elastic tissue.
Myofascial Stretching differs from conventional stretching in the following ways:
- Myofascial Stretches are held continuously for at least 90-120 seconds, which is how long it takes for the fascia to begin to let go.
- Stretching motions are performed with the goal of active elongation (i.e., feeling like the part of your body you are stretching is lengthening).
- Stretching and strengthening occur simultaneously.