Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release work has a history that begins with osteopathic medicine in the late 19th century. It has evolved ever since as a soft tissue technique utilized by a wide variety of health care practitioners. The focus of myofascial release techniques is the fascia. Fascia is a thin yet tough connective tissue that winds its way in, around and through muscles, bones, nerves, organs, and vessels down to the cellular level. Its major purpose is to protect the body as well as to allow the body to retain its normal shape including maintaining our vital organs in their correct positions. If there is a malfunction of this system due to trauma, surgery, poor posture, or inflammation, binding down or restrictions of the fascia can occur. This results in pain, poor posture, and decreased mobility.
Myofascial techniques differ from massage therapy. Myofascial Release (MFR) can be performed through loose clothing or directly on the skin without the use of oils or lotions. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia. During MFR a gentle graded prolonged stretch is applied to soft tissue that is entirely guided by feedback from the recipient’s body. The prolonged stretches can last from 30 to 90 seconds. MFR treatments stimulate the body’s natural functions and removes what hinders them, allowing the body to self-correct, hence facilitating the restoration of bodily motion and function as well as enhancing the relief of pain for carryover into improved daily functioning. Even though the techniques are different, massage and myofascial release therapy can be a wonderful compliment to each other when used appropriately during the same session.
Myofascial release can help to manage acute and chronic pain, movement dysfunctions, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, pelvic pain and dysfunction, adhesions/frozen joints, sciatica, head injuries, poor posture, repetitive injuries, headaches/migraines, painful scars, rotator cuff strain, sports injuries and more (for more in-depth information on myofascial release you can go to https://www.myofascialrelease.com.
Myofascial Release Therapy Benefits
Decreased tissue restrictions
More restful sleep
Improved quality of life
Increased body awareness