Myofacial Release


Myofascial Release is a manual therapy technique used by healthcare practitioners, including occupational therapists, physical therapists, massage therapists, physicians, and chiropractors, to address issues related to the fascia.

Fascia is a connective tissue that surrounds and supports muscles, bones, organs, and other structures within the body. It is a continuous web-like structure that plays an essential role in maintaining the body’s structural integrity and function. However, fascia can become tight or restricted due to physical and emotional trauma, injury, inflammation, or prolonged poor posture, leading to pain, reduced range of motion, and discomfort.

During a myofascial release session, the therapist uses hands-on techniques to apply sustained pressure and stretch the fascia to release adhesions and restrictions. The goal is to promote better tissue mobility, improved blood flow, and alleviate pain and discomfort associated with myofascial restrictions.

Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach consists of the gentle application of sustained pressure (usually 5 minutes or longer) into the fascial restrictions. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate. Unlike traditional MFR, no lotion is used and there’s no rubbing or kneading of the area.

It’s essential to consult a qualified healthcare professional who is trained in myofascial release if you’re considering this treatment, as they can assess your specific needs and provide appropriate care. Always ensure you receive treatment from a licensed practitioner to ensure your safety and well-being.

Our licensed professionals are available for all of your MFR needs.