This is not about working the muscles on your face but rather the tightness of the fascia. Fascia are the fibrous connective tissues enclosing a muscle. Kathy Murillo, an occupational therapist and advanced myofascial release practitioner talks about this form of physical therapy on this edition of Late Night Health.
Myofascial release techniques are used to loosen those tight areas on the body that cause pain. Neck, shoulders, arms, lower back and more are areas mostly treated with this form of physical therapy. Practitioners of MRT must be licensed in other healthcare areas such as doctors of chiropractic, massage therapists, sports injury specialists or physical therapists.
MRT is often used in combination with other therapies. The goal is to reduce pain from those stiff and tight areas where movement may be restricted. MRT enhances and increases the effectiveness of the other therapies.