Myofascial release is used to release fascia. Fascia is connective tissue which covers the entire body. Should the fascia come constricted for any reason, it can affect the whole body which can restrict a muscle or muscle groups action therefore you could notice a restricted movement or performance level decrease.
Myofascial release is applied by sustained pressure into the fascial system and has effects on the elastin, collagen and ground substance. Soft tissue restrictions that alter bony alignment are addressed and performed slowly without manipulation.
Myofascial release is a purely hands on technique with the aim being to facilitate a stretch into a area of restricted soft tissue. The myofascial release technique can be used alongside sports massage, joint mobilisation and stretching, dependant on each horse’s specific requirement.
This is another technique used by Emma to enhance a horses flexibility and aid recovery from injury.