What is Myofascial Release (MFR)?

Upper Back Myofascial ReleaseMyofascial Release (MFR) is a safe and very effective hands-on therapy that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue to eliminate pain and restore motion. The time element is essential in this therapy and has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.

Trauma, inflammatory responses, and surgical procedures can create Myofascial restrictions that produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures. These restrictions do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.) This enormous pressure acts like a “straightjacket” on muscles, nerves, blood vessels and produces symptoms of pain, headaches and restriction of motion.

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Hands-on Treatment

The Myofascial Release approach looks at each client as a unique individual. The one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which the therapist uses a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. Myofascial Release therapy promotes independence through education in proper body mechanics, postural awareness, and self-treatment instruction.

Each Myofascial Release treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.

Time Component

Arm Myofascial ReleaseThe time component is a vital factor in Myofascial Release therapy. The MFR therapist applies sustained gentle pressure into the tissue of minimum of 90 seconds, up to 5 minutes, allowing the fascia to elongate naturally and return to its fluidity and functionality.

The gentle traction and compression coupled with the time element elicits fascia to change its viscosity allowing to release cross restrictions, increase range of motion and decrease pain levels. The therapist applies soft tissue mobilization and movement therapy when  necessary to enhance the treatment and the outcome. Given the importance of the time component, most Myofascial   Release treatments at Reclaim Your Health are 90 minutes.

* Used with permission from John F. Barnes