Myofascial release is an effort to alter connective structures by stretching or mobilizing adhesive tissues. The therapist moves slowly through the layers of the fascia causing a change to the fibers within. This is done either by hand or with the use of special therapeutic tools.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) has gained popularity of late due to its low impact and effort for the relief of myofascial pain. It is often performed during motion and may even be used during a painful but tolerable motion to cause an effect during active stretch and relaxation of tissue.