What is Myofascial Release (MFR)
Myofascial release therapy (MFR) is a powerful technique that creates profound change in the body by releasing fascial restrictions. It enhances anatomical and physiological function in the body addressing pain, movement limitations, structural and postural dysfunction and energy flow restrictions.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is a tough, densely woven connective tissue that surrounds every muscle, bone, organ, nerve, artery and vein in the body. Fascia is one giant sheet, a single uninterrupted web that encases, connects and interlaces everything in the entire body all the way down to the cellular level.
So with that in mind, fascia encases everything in the body, in particular the musculature, it plays a very important role in providing structure to the body. Without the structural components and constant pull of the fascial system, the body would not be stable enough to accomplish our basic functions of sitting, standing and walking.
Physical trauma and ongoing stress create unhealthy changes in the fascial system. Adhesions form, impairing the ability of structures to glide over one another. Disturbances occur in the acid base balance of fluids triggering nerve cells sensitive to pain which results in sore muscles. When we tear or strain tissue, the body lays down more collagen fibres to stabilise the area which can result in less flexibility of the tissue and decreases in range of motion. Postural imbalances put our tissue under constant strain and can cause chronic muscle contractions or tonus changes. These changes result in a thickening or hardening of the connective tissue matrix. All of these elements have a cumulative effect if they are not treated and released from the body.