Discover What Myofascial Release Can Do for You
Among holistic approaches to care, Myofascial Release Therapy is highly complementary to other treatments. Myofascial Release Therapy clients can undoubtedly benefit from other noninvasive holistic therapies to manage pain, joints, and ligaments to warm and loosen muscles.
What is Myofascial Release (MFR)?
Myofascial Release is a safe, trusted, and effective holistic therapeutic approach to manual therapy that entails applying gentle sustained pressure to the myofascial connective tissue restriction in order to eliminate pain and tightness and facilitate a better range of motion and improve functional movement patterns. Myofascial Release works by targeting the fascia (which is connective tissue that wraps around your muscles, organs, nerves and other parts of your body from head to toe).
This weblike connective tissue becomes bound and restricted as a result of injury, stress, and trauma. The following is a list of conditions or contributing factors in developing tightness in the fascia:
All of the above create myofascial restrictions that can contribute to systemwide challenges: chronic pain, decreased mobility, weakness, balance/gait problems, lower immune system, poor digestion (IBS symptoms), and chronic fatigue. It’s fair to say that connective tissue restrictions have a negative domino effect on the body.
Why is Myofascial Release Important?
The importance of Myofascial Release cannot be understated because it is instrumental in relieving stress on your entire body movement system. As expected, it helps to assist in tissue healing during your recovery process while simultaneously reducing muscle soreness.
By releasing trigger points and knots, Myofascial Release supports healthy body functions like circulation by addressing restrictions within your body. Releasing tension and tightness has a positive impact on the body.
What are the Primary Myofascial Release Benefits?
Clients experience an array of health benefits from Myofascial Release, including:
What Conditions Can Benefit from Myofascial Release?
What Can You Expect During a Myofascial Release Treatment?
Prior to your first Myofascial Release treatment, we spend a great deal of time assessing your symptoms as well as your medical history in order to customize a treatment plan and know how to best approach the release.
Even with a thorough intake, more is learned as your treatment is underway as we are able to palpate the tightness and tension.
Myofascial Release is performed directly on the skin without oils or creams. This enables the therapist to accurately assess fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate the release of the fascia.
Depending on the details of your condition, we usually recommend a series of treatments ranging from six visits over a few weeks or more over a period of months.
Once tensions in your fascia have been fully resolved, you can easily enjoy this newfound freedom of movement and relief from pain by continuing with suggested maintenance treatments to keep those supple myofascial tissues in top form.
What Does Myofascial Release Feel Like?
It’s important that while applying pressure is an integral part of Myofascial Releases (MFR), touch is gentle rather than forceful. Therefore, the pressure applied is always in complete alignment with what your body needs and your practitioner will honor your tolerance.
Clients report that as pressure is applied to the area of restriction, some sense a warmth or tingling or sense of stretch or tension is felt. As the release of tissue occurs, tightness relaxes, pain lessens, and body alignment begins to shift.
Some clients experience short-term soreness post-treatment as the body adjusts to the release and change. You can expect a reduction in symptoms, higher energy levels, and regulated sleep patterns following a treatment session.
As the tissue releases, tightness softens, pain eases, and body alignment changes, your body is healing naturally.
Can Myofascial Release Help with Issues in Your Tissues?
The mind-body connection is real, and that can become clear during Myofascial Release. When an emotion is too difficult to process, it is not uncommon for people to push that emotion down, and doing so may well lead to issues in your tissues. A bestselling book on the topic “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. takes an in-depth look at the effects of trauma on the body.
That being said, it should come as no surprise that one area in which we unknowingly store emotions is in the fascia. It is not uncommon for clients to experience an emotional release as well as a myofascial release during treatment.
Allowing yourself the time to be still and process and receive holistic treatments is a gift to yourself. The treatment room is soothing and therapeutic and is a safe and supportive space.
It’s time to release those issues in your tissues once and for all.
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