Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic connective tissue that wraps most structures in the body, including muscle. The fascia is intended to stretch and move without restriction. This soft tissue can lose its pliability due to disease, overuse, trauma, infection, scarring, inflammation or inactivity. Patients experience this restriction as pain, headaches, muscle tension or lack of mobility.
Myofascial release (MFR) is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. Some people suffering from pain or a lack of movement or motion may have a fascial problem, which cannot be detected by standard medical tests (X-rays, CAT scans). This safe and painless alternative medicine option relaxes contracted muscles, improves blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulates the stretch reflex in muscles.
The hands on technique seeks to “release” the fascia by applying gentle, sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. The fascia is gently stretched or elongated to reach the deepest tissue levels. Learn more about myofascial release.