Myofascial Release

What is Myofascia and Myofascial treatment?

It is important to understand that fascia is a weblike 3-dimensional matrix and binds us together, surrounds and protects every structure of our body, creates our form and it is one single uninterrupted sheet of tissue from the skull down to the soles of our feet.

Myofascia is the connective tissue (fascia) in and around our muscles, tendons and ligaments.  In latin "Myo" means muscles and "fascia" means band.

Muscles are our powerhouses of movement and posture and Myofascial Release (MFR) techniques alleviate tension, restrictions and adhesions in the myofascia in order to restore balance and muscle function.

MFR focuses on releasing each individual patient's unique soft tissue barriers, feeling for adhesions, tightness and restrictions in any part of the body which might be causing pain or disfunction.  These areas may not always be where you are feeling pain, as MFR is based on the entire fascial matrix.   The fascial system when restricted from trauma, surgery or thwarted inflammatory injury responses can produce an huge tensile strength on pain-sensitive structures throughout the entire fascial matrix, inhibiting the healing process.

MFR involves hands-on techniques, using slow, sustained pressure, treating the different layers and structures of the body, following the ebb and flow of the body’s tissues and feeling for how much pressure to use and for how long in order to encourage tissue change and softening but without force.  This is the kineasthetic touch and allows body wide change and tissue reorganisation as well as offering a platform for emotional release and trauma resolve.

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MFR techniques do not use oils or lotions, it is performed dry so that there is no glide over the skin but a deeper feel into the tissue. Every treatment is unique delivered with ‘listening’ hands.

MFR is very relevant and effective for both sporting performance and for chronic and persistent pain.

MFR techniques are relevant for all parts of the body, from the feet and legs to the pelvis, sacrum and spine up to the temples, jaw (including intra-oral work).