Origins of Myofascial Release
The term Myofascia is derived from the greek word “myo”, meaning “muscle” and “fascia”, meaning “band. Fascia is a multi dimensional web that surrounds, protects and supports every other structure of the human body. It is the largest tissue in the body, it runs from head to toes without interruptions.
MFR is a hands on therapy focusing on soft tissue dysfunction, pain and holding patterns. It is a non invasive treatment that involves gentle sustained pressure and aims at stimulating the body self healing mechanism. MFR has to do with fluid dynamics. Our bodies are 75% fluid.
Effects of Myofascial Release
The release feels like a melting or yelding sensation because the sustained pressure allows the dehydration of the ground substance in the fascia to soften, to become more fluid and in turn glide properly. The minimum time needed for the tissues to begin to rearrange themselves is approximately 90 to 120 seconds.
The therapist looks and feels for areas of restriction aiming to find the origin of the discomfort and release it. Then works with creating balance and restoring function. Each session offers a unique treatment. MFR can be performed as a stand alone treatment or incorporated in a sport and remedial massage or therapeutic massage session. The technique does not need to be applied to every area of the body in one session because it will in any case have beneficial effects on the whole body. MFR is also very effective in releasing restrictions and adhesions caused by SCARS, both new ones and old ones.
Benefits of Myofascial Release
- General increase in health due to the increase in water volume within the tissues
- Promotion of relaxation and a sense of well being
- Elimination of general pain and discomfort
- Re established and improved range of movement and muscle function
- Improved digestion, absorption and elimination
- Restored balance and promotion of correct posture
- Injury recovery and rehabilitation
- Can be used as part of an athletic or sport training routine and maintenance programme to promote mobility and performance