Myofascial Release (MFR) is a range of treatments that seek to work on the connective tissue that permeates throughout your body.
Why does connective tissue matter?
Like muscles, connective tissue can become shortened, tangled, dehydrated and restricted and cause pain and postural problems.
How do I know if I need the muscles or the connective tissue treated?
It’s important to recognise that the connective tissue surrounds and permeates the muscles and as such you can’t treat them separately. A regular massage will have an some effect on the connective tissue and a Myofascial Release treatment will have some effect the muscles.
So how do they differ?
Myofascial treatments do not use any medium (oils or cremes) as the therapist wants to make a strong connection with the fascia (connective tissue) and not glide over it. The work tends to be much slower – as the therapist wants to feel where the restrictions are and allow the fascia the time it needs to release. The Fascia is continuous throughout the body so an MFR treatment recognises that a restriction in one part of the body can effect another part of the body not normally viewed as linked.
What is MFR helpful for?
If you find the positive effects of your massage are very temporary it’s worth considering an MFR treatment .. Specifically MFR has been used to help with:
- Frozen shoulder
- Pelvic misalignment
- Postural irregularities
- Menstrual pain
- Sporting injuries
- Irritable Bowel syndrome
- Sciatic type pain
- Plantar fascitis
- Chronic pain
- Complex pain conditions as the result of physical or emotional trauma
- Unexplained muscular pain
- Carpal tunnel type symptoms/ RSI
- Sacroiliac joint pain/low back lumbar pain
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