What is Myofascial Release MFR
'Myofascial". To understand this interesting word, let's break it down. 'Myo' means muscle and 'fascia' is the connective tissue that is found throughout our body. Fascia is a densely woven substance that surrounds and penetrates every muscle, bone, artery, vein and nerve as well as every organ of the body.
Fascia that is found within the muscle unit, runs throughout the muscle fiber. Fascia also connects our muscles to our bones. This collagenous fiber is normally soft and pliable but can become restricted, tight, hardened or thickened (as in scare tissue).
Accidents, scarring, trauma, inflammation, repeated postural stresses and/or surgery can create myofascial restrictions that can produce pressures of up to 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures. This can impose a“straight-jacket” of force, which may cause pain, headaches, anxiety and other symptoms. This is a deep clinical massage to help with pain management and can give instant pain relief.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective manual therapy that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions. As gentle pressure is applied slowly, the fascia begins to “release” or elongate. This amazing hands-on technique helps to soften and open up (or "release") these restricted areas, eliminating pain, restoring motion and improving function. Karen uses a combination of pain management tools in her treatments including this clinical massage