Myofascial Release


What is Myofascia and Myofascial treatment?


Myofascia is the connective tissue (fascia) in and around muscles, tendons and ligaments, where muscles are the powerhouses of movement and posture for the body. Myofascial Release techniques therefore alleviate tension, restrictions and adhesions in the myofascia in order to restore balance and muscle function. Muscles respond well to firm deep pressure which is probably why MFR specifically targeting muscles and muscle chains uses a relatively firm force and also why therapy tools such as foam rollers, cricket balls are so popular. Many people, especially sports people, like firm pressure and feel that muscular stretch and deep therapy work benefits them. When people are fit, healthy and physically active, deeper MFR approaches can be appropriate but never to the painful stage. However, consideration has to be taken in to account that excessive and aggressive deep work could actually create more restriction, scarring and inflammation and therefore damage tissue. Using firm pressure may affect the deep muscular tissue but can have a damaging affect on the more fragile superficial tissues.
It important to understand that fascia is not only myofascia (surrounding muscles) and that is a body wide 3D totally connected system. As research has progressed, we have learnt so much more about the fascial system and a firm deep massage pressure into the system has been replaced by a cultivated kineasthetic and skilled touch.

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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).

MFR targets the fluid ground substance of the fascial system following the ebb and flow of the body’s tissues. All the techniques are hands on and follow a sustained approach, treating the different layers and structures of the body, feeling for how much pressure to use and for how long in order to encourage tissue change and softening but without force and this is the kineasthetic touch. This allows body wide change and tissue reorganisation as well as offering a platform for emotional release and trauma resolve.