Over the last few years Myofascial Release (MFR) has quickly increased in reputation in the UK and is now achieving the recognition it deserves in traditional healthcare.
MFR has existed in various forms for many years. Recent scientific research has enabled therapists to enhance their treatments and to further understand the connective tissue and fascial system and the important role it plays in health and performance.
Myofascial Release is fast becoming a primary treatment for physical pain and discomfort. For athletes it can enhance performance and in the USA it has been used as a treatment by sport rehabilitators for many years.
What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial derives its name from the Latin words ‘myo’ for muscle and ‘fascia’ for band. The body’s Fascia is a three-dimensional web of microscopic hollow fibrous bands that runs uninterrupted from the top of the head to the tip of the toes. Within these hollow tubules are continuous fibres of elastin and collagen surrounded by a fluid. Collagen and elastin, fascias two major components, allow it to be very strong yet have a high degree of flexibility.
Fascia surrounds and protects every tendon, muscle, bone, ligament and organ of the body. In a healthy state the fascial system is relaxed and wavy in constitution providing a cushioning and supportive mechanism allowing the body to move safely without restriction or pain.
Fascia is also dynamic in character, it responds to forces applied on it. Following physical strain and through poor posture, the fascia scars and hardens in the affected spot. This causes the fascial network to lose its cushioning mechanism and internal structures become pulled out of alignment.
Fascial restrictions do not show up on CAT scans, MRI’s or X Rays therefore many patients are suffering unresolved physical pain due to undiagnosed fascial trauma.
How is Myofascial Release done?
Therapists will feel for the collagen which when dense, thick or hard defines a fascial restriction. The MFR technique is very different to that of massaging muscles, tendons and the ligaments of the body. Therapists apply pressure and move though each fascial restriction. The fascia cannot be forced as it will naturally meet that force in return. Hence the MFR therapist provides a sustained, gentle, pressure for a minimum of 90 to 120 seconds allowing the fascia to elongate naturally and return to it’s normal resting length restoring health and providing results that are both measurable and functional.
If you would like to improve your performance with myofascial release then book an appointment now.