What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release (MFR) treatment is a very effective hands-on body-mind therapy that involves gentle and sustained pressure into the body’s connective tissue or fascia. It can be firm or subtle, deep and penetrating and is practiced on clean skin without oils, creams or any form of lubricant.
Releasing restricted fascia within the body allows the fascia to lengthen and regain its innate elasticity, strength and suppleness.
When fascial adhesions or knots are released, the body is safe to dissolve and release tensions, restrictions, pain and memories thereby restoring movement and flow as well as rehydrating and nourishing cells that were constricted and undernourished.
Myofascial Release is effective in dissolving restrictions caused by surgeries, trauma, repetitive strain injuries (RSI), stress, inflammation, sports injuries as well as chronic pain resulting from:
- Scar tissue
- Frozen shoulder
- Plantar fasciitis
- Foot and leg pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Neck and back pain
- TMJ and jaw pain
- PTSD/ Emotional pain or trauma
- “Mystery” secondary pains
What is Fascia?
Connective tissue or fascia is mostly made of collagen and, in its healthy state, is both supple and incredibly strong. Fascia not only supports and connects the musculoskeletal system but all the body’s internal organs that it interpenetrates such as the heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, brain, spinal cord, reproductive organs… Fascia is like a web that connects you from head to toe and spreads throughout and encompasses all parts of the body.
The Body-Mind connection
Fascia is mainly composed of collagen (protein) and contains a large percentage of water, thereby also storing memory and emotions linked to past events. Releasing fascial restrictions, releases cellularly held trauma, pain, anxiety and fear.
The interconnectedness of fascia helps explain how secondary pains may arise after an injury. Secondary pains, are experienced in a different area than that of the original restriction or impact. As the body compensates and adapts to accommodate pain or limited range of movement in one area, fascia may tighten, stick together or harden in another thereby causing secondary seemingly “mystery” pain.
Fascia has incredible healing properties! This means that tightness, pain or restriction are absolutely reversible.
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