Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a very effective and safe hands-on technique that provides sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

Fascia (or connective tissue) is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider's web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven covering that penetrates and/or wraps muscles, bones, nerves, arteries and veins, as well as interconnecting our internal organs including the brain and spinal cord. The fascial system is a single structure structure that exists from head to foot without interruption. Each part of the body is connected to every other part by the fascia.

In a normal healthy state, fascia is relaxed and has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures can alter the normal state. These insults create myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (i.e., x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.). The result can be loss of fascial pliability and restriction of motion that produces causing pain.

The use of MFR in one-on-one hands-on treatment sessions utilizes gentle, kneading manipulation that stretches, softens, lengthens and relaxes tissues to reduce pain.