What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release Therapy is a technique to engage and release the connective tissue called fascia which surrounds all aspects within the body. MFR can be thought of as a slow application of pressure to encourage and allow the fascia to release.
When MFR therapy is used, no lotions or oils are applied. Why? The therapist needs to engage the fascia without sliding on the skin. This pressure is engaged with firm and no aggressive pressure, although it may feel uncomfortable, the client has the understanding that he/she can ask for less pressure as each person's pain threshold is different. Pressure inti fascia creates the piezoelectric effect into the fascia allowing the desired change of pliability and release to occur. Once this release occurs, the body can have less pain and increased mobility.
This treatment is not a quick fix and does require some time. Each person is different, so bodies and response time will vary from one client to the next.
What is fascia?
Fascia is a very strong and tough connective tissue that is found throughout the body in a 3D web. It is found from head to toe and from the most superficial layer of tissue to the most cellular level.
This connective tissue is comprised of microtubules that flow mostly collagen as well as elastin and a ground substance. When the body is not in a state of trauma and or injury, this material is very fluid. When there is trauma and or injury, the fascia turns into a tick gel state. In this state, there can be up to 2,000 (psi) pounds of pressure per square inch. Of course, this kind of pressure can cause pain and dysfunction. These restrictions cannot be seen by standard medical tests.
It is thought that a very high percentage of people suffer from fascial problems that go undiagnosed.