Myofascial Release Relieves Pain & Restriction

Are you suffering from a pain condition or restricted range of movement?

Give Myofascial Release (MFR) a try! A firm-but-gentle, effective hands-on treatment that works with the body to elicit lasting positive change. MFR techniques have successfully helped relieve conditions such as the following: TMJ syndrome, frozen shoulder and rotator-cuff issues, low back pain, migraines, extreme tension of neck & shoulders, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, endometriosis, osteoarthritis, scars, sciatica, scoliosis and more!

Find out more on how MFR helps:

What is Myofascial Release? 

Myofascial Release (MFR) a safe and very effective hands-on technique that engages the fascial system through a gentle-yet-firm stretch of the skin and underlying tissues. Fascia is very dense connective tissue that penetrates & supports bones, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels, as well as lining & shaping every organ in the body, including the heart, lungs, brain, and spinal cord. In a normal healthy state, fascia is relaxed & smooth, similar to a cobweb when stretched, with the ability to glide and stretch in every direction. Traumas (falls, whiplash, surgery, habitual poor posture), scarring, and inflammation cause fibers & layers of fascia to stick together (adhesions). The fascia can then exert pressure on muscles, bones, blood vessels, nerves & organs, which leads to pain, headaches, and restrictions.Fascia has a tensile strength of 2000 lbs. per square inch and can be resistant to many types of bodywork. Only when it has gentle, sustained pressure does it soften into a gel-like state, stretching and elongating the tissues, helping the body to restore balance. Myofascial Release is the manipulation of the fascial system to smooth out adhesions and return to a normal, pain-free state.

MFR must be done on clean skin—no lotions or oils are to be used the day of treatment. The therapist often will use a liquid chalk product on the hands or utilize a hand-sized sheet of grip enhancer (dycem). This helps to maintain an effective grip on the skin without increasing the pressure. The therapist initiates the stretch but then allows the client’s body to lead the treatment. Rarely, clients with sensitive skin may report pinked skin and/or feeling itchy on the areas worked. These sensations are normal and should subside within a few hours.

Communication between client and therapist is especially important with MFR. Although it is a gentle treatment, it has deep-reaching effects. Be aware of the sensations in your body during the treatment; let your therapist know how and what you feel and if it is familiar to you. If the treatment is too much in any way, let your therapist know; the techniques can be adjusted or stopped. It is essential for the you to be comfortable and relaxed during the treatment.

Information Sources: Myofascial Release Treatment Centers & Seminars and Wisconsin Center for Myofascial Release

Therapist Comments: I have heard from people who have experienced MFR that it is a very painful treatment. First of all, any treatment can be painful depending on many factors: Sometimes the therapist may use too much pressure on the client – this may be due to the lack of client feedback during treatment and/or due to the inability of the therapist to “listen” to what the client’s body under the skin is telling the therapist. Another reason for painful treatment could be due to the tissues being worked on;  scar-release work can be painful because of the tougher fibers that have to be broken down to make way for more functional fibers. This type of work may take longer and be more painful than relieving other kinds of restrictions. Yet another reason for the pain is: every client is different; every person perceives pain differently than other people. Some have a very high pain tolerance, that pain doesn’t feel painful until it is excessive. Other people may be very sensitive to even very mild pain sensations. Please don’t let this prevent you from getting bodywork treatment. A good therapist will communicate with the client throughout the treatment to make sure that the techniques are comfortable to the client; when discomfort and pain are unavoidable, the therapist will communicate this to the client and coach them to breathe through the technique to allow the body to release the tension held in the tissues. Scientists are finding there is a direct link between emotional and physical states and this has been something increasingly studied by those in research.

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