Myofascial Release is a gentle therapy, consisting of a mixture of light stretching. During a session, I will release tension from the fibrous bands of the muscles, bones, nerves and joints by unblocking any scar tissue or adhesions due to injury in the muscles and surrounding tissues.
Myofascial release can be used as a preventative method or to promote healing of injured, stiff or painful muscle tissue, and old and new scars.
How does Myofascial Release work?
Myofascial release therapy is applied hands on, in kneading-style strokes that are meant to stretch, loosen, soften and lengthen muscle tissues. The strokes are applied with gentle pressure and held for approximately 2 minutes in order for the stretch to have its full effect on the muscle. Typically, the same stretch is performed more than once until the muscle is completely relaxed and a release is felt.
Treatment is often recommended to soothe many pain-associated conditions, including migraine headaches, shoulder and back pain, menstrual cramps, menopause-related pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, fibromyalgia, whiplash, and muscle spasms.
Benefits of Myofascial Release
It Decreases Pain
When a person has been in pain for a long time, it causes both physical and emotional stress on the body. Pain patterns evolve, and often the person feels like the pain is everywhere. Myofascial Release (MFR), in conjunction with P-DTR, not only works on the painful areas, but addresses all areas of dysfunction throughout the body. It allows the body to heal by allowing the blood, lymph, and nerve receptors to work more effectively.
It Strengthens the Immune System
The immune system is a major factor in the body's battle to ward off infection and heal injuries.
Pulls in the fascia cause the immune system's lymphatic flow to become sluggish. This,
compounded by a less active lifestyle or limitations in movement caused by pain, creates even more dysfunction in the lymphatic system. MFR increases the circulation of lymphs throughout your body, thus increasing the speed or your recovery from injuries and illness.
Improves Nerve Function
Numbness, tingling, or pain in the arms and legs are often created by fascial adhesions pressing on your nerves. MFR relieves the pressure that is placed on these nerves, bringing a new awareness to the areas that are affected..