What is myofascial release therapy?
Myofascial release (MFR) therapy is an alternative physical therapy that helps in the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain by focusing on the release of muscular shortness and tightness. The fascia is a sheet of connective tissue that encloses muscles, covers underlying tissue, separates layers of tissue, and provides structural support for the skeletal system and soft tissues. The myofascial tissues are membranes that surround and support the muscles.
The main goal of MFR therapy is to stretch and loosen the fascia for it to move more freely along with other contiguous structures and therefore restoring the patient’s range of motion. Patients who usually seek for MFR therapy are the ones who lost flexibility or function after an injury or pain associated with soft tissue. Symptoms of patients usually include:
- Tightness of the tissues
- Pain from excessive pressure on joints or muscles
- Pain from any parts of the body such as headache or back pain
Is myofascial release therapy painful?
MFR therapy uses very slow, deliberate techniques. The therapist applies moderate pressure into the area of pain and then waits for the piezoelectric response to kick in. Then, the fascia starts to shift and release. When this happens, several sensations can be felt in the area, which ranges from a tingling feeling to a fairly mild burning sensation. The clients will never feel any shooting or excruciating pain. At any point during the session, you may tell the therapist to lighten the pressure if you need to lighten up.
The mechanics of MFR will cause soreness as inflammatory response in the system. It should be remembered that soreness is a normal response of the body to change.
Benefits of myofascial release therapy
MFR therapy is a safe and super effective technique that involves manipulating the fascia and myofascial so that physical and energetic constrictions can be released and open areas that might be feeling stuck or resistant to any change.
The following are some benefits deemed to be gained from a MFR therapy session:
- Increased blood flow
- Reduced muscle soreness
- Maintained normal functional muscular strength
- Encouraged movement of the lymph
Additionally, patients with myofascial pain syndrome will definitely received substantial benefits from the kind of therapy. MFR might be used for patients with venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency occurs when blood pools start to stretch and eventually damage the veins of the leg. Gentle massages on the tightened muscles in and around the head and neck areas may help in reducing headaches.
MFR therapy has very few risks. This type of therapy is not ideal for people:
- With painful wounds, injuries, or burns
- With broken or fractured bones
- With weak or fragile bones
- With deep vein issues such as deep vein thrombosis
- Taking blood-thinning medications