Myofascial release (MFR) is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure to myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This type of therapy targets the fascia, which is the connective tissue that wraps around our muscles, organs and other parts of our bodies. This connective tissue web becomes bound down following injury or stress.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, surgical procedures and repetitive tasks can create myofascial restrictions that do not show up on many of the standard tests ( x-rays, myelograms, cat scans, etc.) but can cause acute and chronic pain.
This treatment can provide relief to those experiencing pain from headaches, backaches, or other chronic pain issues. Myofascial Release is one of the top recommendations for physical therapy. It can also help with pain relief from injury, illness, and disease, especially those affecting soft tissue areas.
Our therapist Pablo, through courses and training at the John Barnes Myofascial Release Centers, and 7 years of experience as a Physiotherapist, is able to see and feel where fascial restrictions are located. Once a restrictions are found, he engages that restriction at the barrier and waits for it to release. The barrier is the point at which the fascial restriction is in a slightly stretched position. This position is held for 90-120 seconds, enabling the start of the release. Full release of the fascia occurs after 3-5 minutes. This allows the collagenous (80%) and the elastic (20%) component of fascia to be released, giving permanent relief.
Please note that this method of Myofascial Release takes a more gentle approach than standard deep tissue massage.
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