What is fascia? It’s the connective “web” that surrounds every structure in the body. It has no starting or stopping point and is integral for body structure.
When there is strain or injury to the body, whether due to trauma or daily stress, this fascia gets tight and dehydrated, essentially “glueing” tissue together. These “restrictions” can cause tension, pain, and decreased movement and function. Scar tissue from a surgery or injury, or frozen shoulder are examples of fascial restrictions.
The goal of myofascial release is to work into these restrictions to release the tension and these “glued” tissues, to separate the fibers and allow fluid to once again flow through. This can decrease pain, increase movement, and restore function.
How does this differ from massage? With massage you move through the tissue to make it relax. But fascia cannot be “forced” to relax. We hold into the areas of restriction or dysfunction and allow the body to soften and release. This can lead to lasting results, and assist towards regaining optimal function. This is the ultimate goal.
What to expect during an MFR treatment? We generally work with the patient clothed and comfortable. We will work at whatever level the patient needs. This can consist of holding a restricted area and waiting for the body to soften, gentle compression into an area to facilitate release, and some gentle “stretching or traction” of an area (i.e. gentle arm traction to release a restricted shoulder). We are in constant communication with the patient to assess progress and adjust treatment as needed.
Fascial release is safe and can be done on any age, from birth to geriatric, and even on pregnant women.
*This information is for informational purposes, is comprehensive, and in no way diagnosing. For further information or question consult your health care professional.