This technique helps the muscles unwind so you can feel less bound up and more comfortable living.
Myofascial release (MFR) is a technique that works with fascia as a means of achieving pain relief, restoring function and reducing stress. It helps loosen the layers between the skin and muscles to allow the therapist to get into the muscles deeper with less pain. It is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. It is good for numerous aches and pains and great for scar tissue!
What is Myofascial Release and How Does It Work?
Myofascial release is a type of physical therapy used to treat musculoskeletal pain. It uses manual therapy techniques to stretch, massage, and apply pressure to the fascia, or connective tissue, surrounding the muscles, bones, and joints. The goal of myofascial release is to reduce pain and improve mobility by releasing restrictions and tension held within the fascia. It works by applying sustained pressure to the affected area, enabling the fascia to release tension, reduce adhesions, and increase range of motion. Myofascial release can help to reduce pain, improve flexibility, and reduce the risk of injury.
The Benefits of Myofascial Release
Myofascial release is a popular form of massage therapy that can provide a number of benefits. It focuses on treating the fascia, which is a thin layer of connective tissue that surrounds and supports muscles. The type of massage therapy helps to relax tight muscles and improve range of motion, as well as reduce pain and inflammation. Myofascial release can also help to improve posture, reduce stress and tension, and improve overall wellness. It is an effective way to improve flexibility and mobility, as well as help to reduce pain in specific areas.
How to Prepare for a Session
1. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Myofascial release is a gentle, hands-on massage technique and you will want to be as relaxed as possible during your session. You will likely want to undress for your session, but you will be draped the entire time.
2. Bring a list of any questions you may have for your therapist. If you are new to this type of bodywork, it is normal to have questions about the technique and its benefits.
3. Make sure to drink plenty of water before and after your session. Myofascial release helps to flush toxins out of your body, so it is important to stay hydrated.
4. Avoid any strenuous activity prior to your session. This will help ensure that your body is relaxed and ready for the release.
5. Prepare to communicate with your therapist about any discomfort you feel. Letting your therapist know when something is too painful can help ensure that you get the most out of your session.
What to Expect During a Session
A myofascial release session typically begins with a physical assessment of the body to identify areas of tension. The therapist will then use hands-on techniques to manipulate the tissues and muscles of the body to help release fascial adhesions and restrictions. This may include stretching, compression, and gentle pressure in the affected area. The therapist may also use tools like foam rollers, vibration, or massage balls to help release tension and improve mobility. After the session, the therapist will provide advice on self-care techniques, such as stretching and postural exercises, to help maintain the effects of the treatment.
Potential Risks Associated with Myofascial Release
1. Pain: Myofascial release can cause some discomfort when the practitioner applies pressure to the body’s myofascial tissue.
2. Overstretching: If the practitioner applies too much pressure, the myofascial tissue can be stretched too far and cause injury.
3. Bruising: Myofascial release can cause bruising or broken capillaries due to the heavy pressure applied.
4. Nerve Damage: In rare cases, it can cause nerve damage due to the pressure being applied.
Who Should Consider Myofascial Release?
Myofascial release can be beneficial for anyone who has muscle tightness, soreness, or tension. It can also be great for those who are looking to improve their flexibility, mobility, and posture. Those who suffer from chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia, may also find relief from myofascial release.
Additionally, athletes, dancers, and anyone who experiences muscle fatigue may find this type of bodywork to be helpful.
People who have sustained an injury may also benefit from myofascial release as it can help to decrease scar tissue and improve healing. You can schedule your session online now!