Studies & Articles
Article: "Effects of myofascial release leg pull and sagittal plane isometric contract-relax techniques on passive straight-leg raise angle", by Hante WP & chandler SD. Published in J Orthop Sport Phys Ther in 1994
An abstract, "Myofascial release provides symptomatic relief from chest wall tenderness occasionally seen following lumpectomy and radiation in breast cancer patients" by JS Crawford, J Simpson and P Crawford published in Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 1996.
Judith O’Connel, published an article in Technique in Orthopedics, March 2003 titled "Bioelectric Responsiveness of Fascia: A Model for Understanding the Effects of Manipulation" summarizes: Fascia, the largest component of white fibrous tissue, contains linear sheets of collagen found in superficial, deep, and subserous layers. Collagen is piezoelectric, functioning as a transducer of mechanical and electrical energy. Electrical impulses are generated int eh collagen by compressive and distraction forces within the musculoskeletal system. These impulses trigger a cascade of cellular, biomechanical, natural, and extracellular events as the body adapts to external stress.
Article, "Effectiveness of Myofascial release in Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis: A RCT" by Suman Kuhar, Khatri Subhash, Jeba Chitra published in 2007 in the Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupation Therapy.
An article in the J Manipulative Physiol Ther in 2008, "Effects of myofascial release after high-intensity exercise: a randomized clinical trial", by M Arroyo-Morales, N Olea, M Martinez, C Moreno-Lorenzo, L Diaz-Rodriguez, & A Hidalgo-Lozano
The full-text article, "Psychophysiological effects of massage-myofascial release after exercise: a randomized sham-controlled study", by Manuel Arroyo-Morales, et. al and published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2008
"Fascial Manipulation for chronic specific low back pain; a single-blinded randomized controlled trial" from 2015
An article by Benjamin Asher, Complementary and Integrative Treatments: The Voice, published in 2013 concluded: “Myofascial release and laryngeal massage are effective in improving vocal function and helping minimize throat pain.”
An article in Musculoskelet Sci Pract 2017, titled "Mechanical deformation of posterior thoracolumbar fascia after myofascial release in healthy men: A study of dynamic ultrasound imaging"
Tidbits, Updates and Resources
Donna Bagels presents a 27-minute video showing myofascial length test of the superficial front fascia (extensor halluces longus/brevis)
How to relieve foot pain using myofascial release by ACEFitness, 6:31 minutes.
A brief animated review of the body by GetBodySmart for the tensor fascia lata is a helpful review of origin, insertion and action.
An excellent description of fascia of the abdomen and pelvis, by G. G. Gallaudet can be found at scribd.com
An article in Cancer Res 2016, Connecting (T)issues: How Research in Fascia Biology Can Impact Integrative Oncology, states “Recent advances in cancer biology are underscoring the importance of connective tissue in the local tumor environment. Inflammation and fibrosis are well-recognized contributors to cancer, and connective tissue stiffness is emerging as a driving factor in tumor growth. Physical-based therapies have been shown to reduce connective tissue inflammation and fibrosis and thus may have direct beneficial effects on cancer spreading and metastasis. Meanwhile, there is currently little knowledge on potential risks of applying mechanical forces in the vicinity of tumors.”
An article in J Craniofac Surg 2017 titled Anatomy of the Platysma Muscle is an excellent quick review.
Below is a listing of some thesis/dissertations that may be accessed through professional libraries