Myofascial Release is now becoming one of the best-known massage type of treatment for #pain, tension, and emotions. The aim of it is to release tension in the fascia, which is the microscopic web made from collagen and elastin, which cushions and supports every muscle, organ, tendon, and bone – its what gives us our flexibility.
Research has proven that fascia, like a muscle, has the ability to contract and relax and plays a major role in the mobility and stability of joints. Myofascial Release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended for pain relief, increasing your range of motion, and balancing the body.
Myofascial Release Therapy, like many alternative therapies, promotes the philosophy that the mind and body work together to maintain health. Effectively this supports the understanding that the mind and body are one and the same. The body has the ability to remember postural positions, actions, and emotions without the brain reminding it to do so. Throughout the body’s fascial system flow microscopic cells containing energy which have the ability to retain memory.
Using slow, sustained pressure a therapist will work on releasing tension in the fascia until feeling a kind of melting sensation. The MFR therapist not only takes into consideration what they see in the patient’s postural assessment but works directly with what they feel and sense from palpating and treating the body.
Even though the patient may not feel much happening the experienced therapist can actually feel the fascial restrictions, where they go to and subsequently feels the release of those restrictions during the session.
Myofascial Release UK say that the general understanding of ‘myofascial release’ has changed over the last decade since MFR UK has been providing workshops for healthcare professionals. In the past, MFR was a treatment approach in its own right and everything else was called massage. However, with popularity comes ambiguity and what MFR is and how it’s applied has become somewhat lost in translation over recent years. Normally the term ‘massage’ describes a fluid movement over the body using lubrication. As the popularity of MFR grows, massage treatments are being renamed ‘MFR’ to keep up with the current trends creating confusion for both practitioners seeking professional MFR training and for clients seeking resolve from their #pain and discomfort.
In America, sufferers are doing ‘self-myofascial release (foam rolling)’ using a lacrosse ball and foam to roll out trigger points. They say, ‘it can help reduce muscle soreness, increase mobility, and prevent problems created by tightness and poor tissue quality like plantar fascists, sciatica, and more.”
It is a scientific fact that all muscles and their fibrous coating and connective tissue that joins muscles to bones, the fascia, are a source of pain if the functionality is changed by an accident or normal wear and tear/degeneration. Muscles may develop Myofascial ‘tender spots’ or ‘Trigger Points’. These Trigger Points are not only painful where they are found, but may also send pain away from that spot, to what is called Referred pain.
All the body’s 600 plus muscles have an area in the muscle that is tender to pressure. There are YouTube videos, showing you how to lie on your foam roller to release your tight spine. This technique is gaining popularity every day and has become very popular among athletes and serious fitness enthusiasts. I’ve had a number of treatments and there is no question that it does release the taut muscles which then release pain, but the relief did not last long enough for me. I wasn’t expecting miracles to happen but I was hoping for longer pain relief.
The National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists is a good place to start to find a qualified therapist and a good book on the subject is ‘Myofascial Release: Your Guide to Myofascial Release with a Tennis Ball’ by Merl Buchreich. and the UK site Myofascial Release UK has lots of information on it.