Myofascial Release (MFR) is a manual therapy that is extremely effective in the treatment of acute and chronic pain. MFR uses gently deep, hands-on pressure to release restrictions in fascia. Fascia is connective tissue spread throughout the entire body, head to toe. It is similar to a spider’s web connecting every cell and structure (muscle, bone, nerve, organ, etc).
Healthy fascia is relaxed, fluid, and stretches freely. However when we experience trauma, inflammation, scarring, repetitive stress, etc., fascia loses fluidity, becoming tight and tender. These restrictions can feel like living in a knotted, twisted jacket. They do not show up on many standard tests (x-rays, MRIs, CAT scans), but can be felt under the skin and into the body.
Healthy fascia is relaxed and fluid-like with the ability to stretch freely working seamlessly with every other system of the body. However, when we experience physical/emotional trauma, scarring or inflammation from injury or even poor posture, the fascia can become tight and even calcified, much like living in a straight jacket, causing pain and dysfunction throughout the entire body.
Myofascial Release has been practiced for years in traditional therapeutic settings, though its success has been shown through the approach taught by John Barnes, PT. This approach never forces, yet waits for tissue to soften with sustained pressure held for minimum 2 minutes. The time element allows tissue to rehydrate with the rest of the web. MFR is performed on skin without oils or lotions and does not use gliding strokes.
A skilled MFR therapist evaluates the entire body through postural assessment and by feel. Treatment sessions are one-on-one, lasting one hour or more. Each patient is treated as a unique individual by finding the symptom and looking elsewhere for the cause.
MFR can help if:
- You desire to live an active, pain-free lifestyle
- You have been told to “live with the pain”
- You are sick and tired of being sick and tired
- Traditional therapy has provided only temporary relief
- You have tried everything with no results
Benefits of Myofascial Release:
- Eliminate Pain
- Feel Energized
- Increase Flexibility
- Restore Range of Motion
- Enhance Body Movement
- Strengthen Immune System
- Improve Circulation
- Optimize Cellular Health
What Does MFR Treat?
Back Pain, Neck Pain, Headaches, Migraines, Scoliosis, Fibromyalgia, Sciatica, Jaw Pain, Sinus Problems, Restriction of Motion, Poor Posture, Sports Injuries, Rehabilitation from Accident, Physical/Emotional Trauma, Whiplash, Unresolved Scar Tissue, Pelvic Adhesions, Women’s Health Issues, Pediatric Disorders, Birth Trauma, Infertility, Fertility Enhancement, Pregnancy, Optimal Fetal Positioning, Overall Health & Wellness, And More…