Myofascial Release is a specialised physical and manual therapy used for the effective treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue and fascial tension and restrictions. Fascia surrounds, infuses and protects every other tissue, tendon, muscle, bone, ligament and organ of the body. In healthy conditions the fascial system is relaxed and wavy in configuration. This provides a cushioning and supportive mechanism allowing us to move safely without restriction or pain. Following all physical and emotional trauma and through poor posture and repetitive movements, fascia scars and hardens at the affected site and along multiple lines of tension away from the affected site. This creates tension on adjacent pain-sensitive structures further along the fascial line, other structures such as bones and joints become pulled out of alignment, and abnormal pressure is exerted on nerves, blood and lymphatic vessels.
Fascial restrictions do not show up on CAT scans, MRIs or X-rays. Therefore many patients suffer from unresolved physical and emotional pain due to undiagnosed fascial trauma. Traditional healthcare treats the symptom; MFR, with its whole body approach, treats the cause at the deepest level.
The MFR technique is very different to that of massaging muscles, tendons and the ligaments of the body. The MFR therapist not only takes in to consideration what they see in the assessment, but works directly with what they feel and sense from palpating and treating the body. Therapists are taught to feel and stretch slowly into the fascial network. The fascia cannot be forced as it will naturally resist that force in return. Therefore, the MFR therapist provides a sustained, gentle, pressure for several minutes, allowing the fascia to elongate naturally and return to its normal resting length, restoring health and providing results that are functional and long-lasting. Even though the patient may not feel much happening, the experienced therapist can feel the fascial restrictions, where they go to and subsequently feels the release of those restrictions during the session.