Myofascial release is a soft tissue massage treatment to help increase myofascial mobility and reduce pain within the musculoskeletal system. Myofascial is connective tissue that is situated under the skin and surrounds muscle, bone, ligaments and tendons. Soft tissues in the body can become restricted due to injury, overuse, inactivity and result in pain, tension and reduced blood flow. Myofascial release is a slow, effective technique to relief symptoms of fascia restrictions. Massage therapists working at STAIRS use myofascial release to treat many conditions.
MFR is used to treat symptoms with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Its design is 3 fold:
to restore free and unimpeded motion of all soft tissues
to release entrapped nerves, vasculature and lymphatics
to re-establish optimal texture, resilience and function of soft tissues.
Myofascial release is a massage technique that is used to:
Treat acute Pain
Treat post injury
Treat post surgery
Myofascial release helps decrease pain. Myofascial release treats painful areas by breaking through restrictions and relieving tightness. Myofascial release increases blood flow and temperature of soft tissues which can also help reduce pain.
Myofascial release helps release restrictive tissues such as scar tissue. After injury, scar tissue can be formed as part of the natural healing process. Scar tissue can restrict the movement of fascia and cause pain. Myofascial release helps loosen scar tissue and help restore normal function of the tissue.
Myofascial release is commonly used as a relaxation technique. Myofascial release is performed in a slow and precise way. The slow movements of myofascial release across the skin can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system. The nervous system controls emotions and produces feelings of calmness.