What is Myofascial Release?
Struggling to recover from specific injuries, or worried about daily aches and niggles? We tend to blame our muscles when the culprit is often the fascia – the network of connective tissue that covers every bone, muscle and organ in the body.
Over time the fascia contracts to support our regular postures and movements. Our muscles adapt to these changes in the fascial network and this can create imbalances, leading to pain and tension. Myofascial Release (MFR) effectively eases restrictions in the fascia to restore flexibility and reduce, or even eliminate, pain.
This blog post has a lot more detailed information on what the Myofascia is and how it can be found throughout the whole body.
MFR helps in many ways
- Problems with Posture: Simple, everyday actions like sitting at a computer, driving or sitting awkwardly can lead to a host of long-term issues.
- Muscular Knots: Tight bands of muscle can be extremely painful. They may also contain trigger points which refer pain elsewhere. For example, a small muscle in the neck can refer pain into the neck, chest, upper back or arm. Referred pain can mimic other conditions such as sinusitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and various back pains.
- Physical and Emotional Holding Patterns: Adapting your movements to accommodate an injury can become an uncomfortable habit, long after the original problem is resolved. Emotional stress also causes muscle tension which lingers in the fascia long after the situation has passed.
- Scarring: Accidents and surgical procedures produce scarring, which can tug on the fascia causing more pain – often some distance from the original scar.
What happens during a treatment session?
We’ll start with a quick postural assessment to look at areas of fascial restriction or drag.
Firm, sustained pressure is applied directly to the skin. Oils, including body butter and moisturiser, severely reduce the effectiveness of MFR, so please don’t apply these beforehand. This is also why I don’t use any lotion during an MFR session, unlike a more typical massage.
What should you wear?
Shorts are ideal and ladies should wear a vest top and regular bra, rather than a sports bra.
Myofascial Release Testimonials
Thank you so much for all the treatments over the last few years. I’m so grateful for your mindful approach, and for having discovered the wonder of Myofascial Release.
Just to let you know you worked miracles on me !
I feel much better all over, thank you so much
So thank you so much for your healing hands – they have really helped me when I was feeling desperate.
I left the session feeling stretched out, unwound and comfortable in my body for the first time in a long time. I only wish I’d been to see him earlier! I highly highly recommend his skilful work for anyone suffering from physical discomfort.