Fascia is three-dimensional connective tissue that is prevalent throughout the body, completely connected from head to toe, and surrounds and connects into all of the muscles, organs, and other structures of the body. Myo- refers to the muscles of the body. Myofascial Release (MFR) is a manual therapy that works to release adhesions and tension held in the fascia which surrounds and connects into the muscles.
This therapy is for people experiencing chronic pain, recovering from injuries, surgery, repetitive strain, scar tissue release, and more. MFR promotes a reduction in pain and tension, and helps to increase freedom of movement and musculoskeletal functionality.
How is this different from massage?
One big difference is that we don't use oils in MFR. The reason for this, is that we want to be able to stretch and release the fascial tissues. Oil creates too much glide to be able to hook into these tissues enough to release them.
MFR can take longer than other manual techniques. It can take time to open fascia, and so with each session, we will focus on a smaller portion of the body, rather than treating the entire body.
We may not spend all of our time working directly where it hurts. Often, but certainly not always, we experience pain when tissues are under strain, that is, when they are chronically overstretched. I will look at your body to see which structures are causing the strain, opening these to allow the strained tissues to relax.