Myofascial Release (MFR)

A common massage technique that focuses on applying pressure to loosen tough membranes and increase mobility.

Myofascial Release is a massage therapy used to combat chronic myofascial pain. Unlike sporadic muscle soreness, myofascial pain is a syndrome causing constant pain to be sent throughout the body. Certain sensitive areas (trigger points) can be targeted in the muscles, connective tissue, and other areas of the body.

In “Myofascial Pain Syndromes and their Evaluation” – as published in Best Practices Clinical Research Rheumatology – renowned Dr. Robert Bennett notes that myofascial pain syndrome is a common issue with unknown abnormalities that are only now being addressed in scientific studies.

To treat myofascial pain syndrome, therapists must be trained in the causes of the symptoms and how to effectively administer a myofascial release to benefit clients.

The most common cause of myofascial pain is the repeated contraction of a particular muscle. This can be caused by numerous physical, mental, and even emotional stressors. The affected band of muscle will then restrict the sufferer’s movement and cause pain when stimulated.

Myofascial pain syndrome can be found in both male and female clients. While men and women often experience different stressors and lifestyles, the myofascial release works equally well for both genders seeking treatment. If pain continues, it is recommended to seek out regular myofascial massage therapy for continued relief.

At UWAT, professional therapists are extensively trained in identifying and relieving the pain associated with myofascial pain syndrome. Depending on the client’s needs, myofascial massage treatment may include the deep tissue massage or a myofascial release, NMT, or a combination of different modalities as the client and therapist see fit.

The deep tissue massage lessens chronic pain by targeting knots, releasing tension, and applying deep pressure to the fascia – the protective layer surrounding joints, bones, and muscles. Skilled therapists stroke against the grain of the affected muscles. This therapy can become uncomfortable; however, the long-term benefits can outweigh short-term discomfort.

In addition to deep tissue work, a therapist may suggest myofascial release. This therapy includes gentle traction and pressure applied to the pain points. By positioning a client’s joints in certain angles, therapists are able to imitate a natural stretch and release tension. The myofascial release also breaks down adhesions in the fascia.

While a skilled massage therapist may recommend any of the above approaches when dealing with myofascial pain syndrome, the benefits are numerous for each technique. The myofascial massage is a superb way of addressing the anxiety, depression, and insomnia often associated with a chronic pain syndrome. By simply attending a myofascial massage session, clients have reported feeling more relaxed and better equipped to manage their health.

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