MYOFASCIAL RELEASE [MFR]

Joanna Hazelton MARH RHom

Myofascial Release is a gentle, effective hands-on technique involving sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions. It fascilitates the rehabilitation of soft tissue and fascial aches, pains, tension and restrictions, helping to eliminate pain and restore motion. It aims to release the tension in fascia caused by trauma, poor posture or inflammation.

Fascia [connective tissue] surrounds the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs of the body, it also spreads throughout the body interconnecting not unlike a cobweb. Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgery can often create fascia restrictions that produce powerful pressures on pain sensitive structures.  These restrictions and pressures are simply not visible in many of the standard tests undergone when a patient tries to find out why they are in pain.

MFR targets muscles and muscle chains using relatively firm pressure. Many people, especially sports people, like firm pressure and find that their muscles benefit from the depth of pressure, muscular stretch and deep therapy work of MFR.  People seek MFR treatment after losing flexibility or function following an injury or if experiencing ongoing back, shoulder, hip, or virtually pain in any area containing soft tissue.  Conditions that can be treated by MFR therapy include Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder, carpal tunnel syndrome, possibly fibromyalgia or migraine headaches.

Symptoms experienced that suggest a person may consider MFR usually include:

Tightness that restricts motion or pulls the body out of alignment, causing individuals to favour and overuse one hip or shoulder, for example.  An experience of excessive pressure on muscles or joints producing pain.  Pain in any part of the body, including headache or back pain.

Using MFR allows for a holistic approach to each patient, treating them as a unique individual. A single session involves a hands-on treatment during which various MFR techniques can be used to improve movement, enhance strength, improve flexibility, postural and movement awareness.