Myofascial Release (MFR)
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.
MFR is 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.
Many 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).
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.
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 Center have received training in both techniques and will use a thorough history and exam to decide which technique will work best for each patient.