Myofascial Release (MFR)
Myofascial Release (MFR) is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the typical imaging studies such as X-Ray and MRI. MFR affects change in the Myofascial structures by stretching, elongating fascia, and/or mobilizing adhesive tissues and ultimately helps change body posture.
While myofascial release is similar to Active Release Technique, there are several important distinctions and some conditions respond better to one or the other. For this reason the chiropractic sports physicians at Premier Sports and Spine in Minneapolis have received training in both techniques and will use a thorough history and exam to decide which technique will work best for each patient.
What Exactly is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release (or simply MFR) refers to the safe and effective massage technique employed manually to stretch the fascia, a thin sheath of fibrous tissue enclosing a muscle, and release the bonds between fascia, muscle, bones, and the skin.
Many disease conditions benefit from myofascial release. These may include back pain (the most common medical complain of more than 31 million Americans), orthopedic conditions, cerebral palsy (the impaired muscle movement coordination due to damage to the brain before or at birth), and even tinnitus (the ringing or buzzing sound within the ear).
The Benefits of Using Myofascial Release Include:
Pain usually occurs because of unwanted bonding due to postural stress, inflammation, injury, or lack of full active range of motion. As explained by a study published by the International Journal of Health Sciences and Research, in an attempt to support the body, the systems bonds with their neighboring structures. Body parts that designed to function as a separate organ adhere to other structures for support resulting in their impairment to freely slide over one another, and, of course, pain.
Improvement in the Physical Function and Range of Motion of Limbs
Releasing the bonds between separate body parts can improve their physical function. By manipulating the affected fascia directly or indirectly, the connective tissue fibers can reorganize themselves in to a more flexible and functional fashion.
Better Postural Stability
Sitting in front of the computer for more than 40 hours per results in not only having low back pain but also poor posture form, reveals a team of Indian researchers. Using myofascial release in patients with poor posture may help promote better postural stability, says a study published by Clinical Rehabilitation.
Decreased Muscle Tone in Children With Cerebral Palsy
A study published by Explore shows that myofascial release could serve as a complimentary therapy method to decrease muscle spasticity and improve comfort and function of extremities in children with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is non-progressive disorder that affects the postural and motor function of skeletal muscles; and two babies in a thousand live births have this condition. Currently, cerebral palsy has no clinically proven management to improve muscle function and repair damaged brain tissues affected at birth. According to the researchers of this study, myofascial release can decrease the muscle tone thereby improving the quality of life and comfort of children with cerebral palsy.
Patients may experience relief from tinnitus, the buzzing or ringing sound within the ear, by having myofascial release, according to a team of experts from Medical School of the University of São Paulo, Brazil. 50 million people in the United States experience tinnitus and the prevalence of this ear problem increases with age. By deactivating the myofascial trigger point, patients have a better control of tinnitus symptoms, says the study released by the Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology.