Myofascial Release (MFR) is a holistic form of manual therapy that targets and releases muscular and connective tissue (fascia) restrictions to restore motion, and improve function. Fascial restrictions can be caused by physical trauma, postural imbalances, surgery, repetitive stress, injuries, emotional stress, or other factors. MFR utilizes a wide range of pressures, ranging from deeper pressure to more subtle work. This is not Rolfing, Deep tissue massage, or ART.
What is fascia?
There has been much research on fascia over the last few years. In fact, there is now an annual international conference with physicians, therapists, and researchers from around the world discussing the importance of the fascial system!
Fascia is a web of connective tissue that spreads throughout the body in an uninterrupted three-dimensional web from head to toe. Fascia encases all muscles, bones, nerves, and organs in the body. When fascia becomes restricted, it may create adhesions, which can result in loss of range of motion or pain. Trauma and inflammatory responses create myofascial restrictions that produce crushing tensile pressures on pain sensitive structures. This pressure acts as a “straight jacket” on muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and bones producing symptoms of pain, headaches, and restriction of motion. Because of its continuous uninterrupted nature, a restriction in one area of the body can likely influence other areas distant to the site of the injury. It is important to note that fascial restrictions do not show up on x-rays, MRIs, or other medical tests.
copyright 2009 Walter Blick Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy New York, New York
" A knowledge of the universal extent of the fascia is imperative, and is one of the greatest aids to the person who seeks the causes of disease." (A. T. Still, founder of Osteopathy)