Myofascial Release

What is Myofascial release?

Myofascial Release (or simply MFR) refers to the safe and effective chiropractic massage technique employed manually to the body.  MFR releases adhesions within the fascia, a thin sheath of fibrous tissue enclosing a muscle, and releases the adhesion’s between fascia, muscle, bones, and the skin.

Myofasical release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into areas of myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce extreme tensile pressures on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in typical imaging studies such as X-Ray and MRI. Myofascial release affects change in the fascial structures by stretching and elongating fascia, as well as mobilizing adhesive tissues.

What conditions can be benefited by using Myofascial Release

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 utilize a thorough history and exam to decide which technique or combination of techniques will work best for each patient.

Many conditions benefit from myofascial release. These may include lower back pain (the most common medical complaint of more than 31 million Americans), and other orthopedic conditions.  Pain usually occurs because of unwanted bonding of tissues 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 bond with their neighboring structures. Body parts that are 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.

If you suffer from a condition that may benefit from Myofascial release and would like to schedule an appointment at our Eden Prairie or Eagan clinic locations, or to discuss your condition with one of our sports chiropractic physicians contact us or call 952-479-0043 today.

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