Myofascial Release (MFR) is a gentle but incredibly powerful soft tissue therapy. It is a form of bodywork which provides a sustained (but gentle) pressure into myofascial restrictions in the body to eliminate pain and restore movement. During this process, the connective tissue fibres reorganise themselves in a more flexible & functional way.
Fascia is a seamless “web” of connective tissue that covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures, located between the skin and the underlying structure of muscle and bone. Muscle (myo) and fascia form the myofascia system.
In the body’s normal, healthy state, fascia is relaxed and has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When we experience physical or emotional trauma (injuries/stress), scarring or inflammation, the fascia loses its pliability and becomes tight, restricted and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Since fascia is an interconnected web, the restriction or tightness to fascia at one place, with time, can spread to other places in the body like a pull in a sweater. The goal of myofascial release is to release the fascial restrictions, restore tissue health, reduce pain and increase movement within the body at one or more places.