What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release (MFR) is an effective manual therapy technique that breaks up soft tissue or so-called myofascial restrictions in the body. Healthy fascia is elastic, strong and fluid. Unhealthy fascia is fibrous, stiff and binding.

Myofascial restrictions are caused by trauma, injury, surgery, repetitive use, inflammation and poor body mechanics and posture. From microscopic tears in muscles to scar tissue caused by surgery or inflammation, these fascial restrictions can apply extreme pressures (up to 2000 pounds per square inch) on vital structures like blood vessels, nerves, joints and in abdominal viscera. The result: significant pain that is often difficult to describe and severe dysfunction!

Myofascial restrictions are not detected by MRI, CT or other traditional testing. As a result, patients with myofascial pain are often misdiagnosed, given pain medicine, told to “just live with it” or referred for psychological counselling.

Luckily, research and advancements in the study of fascia now demonstrate the crucial role it has on our health and well being.

A MFR treatment begins with a visual assessment of the individual’s posture, noting any asymmetries and muscle holding patterns. The location of individual’s pain is often not the original problem. For example, an individual may present with neck pain but has no history of injury. A thorough assessment of the individual’s posture might reveal an asymmetry in their pelvis alignment, which potentially alters the overall spinal alignment creating an asymmetrical leg length and overload on the neck surrounding soft tissue that is compensating to this altered position.

Yvonne our MFR specialist, delivers MFR as a holistic, positive process of healing and improvement in function and pain by addressing the underlying issues for a more permanent relief of symptoms.

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE TECHNIQUE by Yvonne

NEW SERVICE ALERT – MYOFASCIAL RELEASE TECHNIQUE..As we briefly mentioned just before Christmas, new services will be introduced to the clinic. So for our next new service, we have Myofascial release (MFR) that is being delivered by Yvonne who is an MFR specialist. But what is MFR we hear you say??? Fair point! Here are some key points 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 and a video for you! . .☝🏻Myofascia, or fascia, is a specialised connective tissue which surrounds, protects and separates all other body structures including muscles and joints. ☝🏻In recent years, restricted fascia has been identified as playing a major role in pain and dysfunction; ☝🏻Myofascia is not the same as muscles and as such requires additional skills to treat it; ☝🏻Myofascial restrictions can occur following trauma, inflammation and/or surgical procedures to the underlying tissue which can lead to pain and restricted movements in muscles and joints;☝🏻MFR is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that is applied to the body using a gentle, slow sustained pressure;☝🏻The MFR approach looks at each patient individually applying techniques directly on the skin feeling for dysfunction and the source of pain;☝🏻 The therapist (Yvonne) uses their hands to accurately detect restrictions and applies a unique series of MFR techniques and movement therapy to restore pain free range of movement…If you think MFR technique is for you or would like to give it a try why not give us a call on 0131 332 8698 or email on email reception@taylorphysiotherapy.com and book your initial assessment and treatment with Yvonne now!..Special thanks to our lovely Bill Taylor @billtaylor3311 for being such a lovely model 😉

Posted by Taylor Physiotherapy & Sports Injuries Clinic on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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