What is myofascial release therapy?

What is myofascial release therapy?

Myofascial release therapy is also known as MFR therapy. It focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness creating greater flexibility and movement. Myofascial release is a very common technique used by physical therapists and other medical professionals in which a gentle sustained pressure is applied into the myofascial connective tissues to eliminate pain and restore motion.

Unfortunately, myofascial damage does not show up in many of the standard tests such as x-rays and CAT scans. Physical examinations are necessary to determine fascia and muscular problems. Myofascial release therapy allows therapists to look at each patient as aunique individual with their own individual problems and needs. It provides pain relief for patients with restricted flexibility and movement. This gentle sustained pressure allows the muscles to elongate returning to their original positions. It can also help prepare patients for more aggressive forms of strengthening training.

Oils, creams and machinery are not used while performing these “massage-like” treatment sessions because the therapist needs to actually “feel”, with their hands, to apply the appropriate amount of pressure to facilitate release of the fascia and to accurately detect the muscular problems they need to work on. This technique is typically confused with regular massages; however, it can only be applied by trained/certified professionals that understand the muscular and nervous systems.

Here at Broward Manual Rehab, all of our therapists are trained to perform myofascial release therapy. We provide hands-on treatments like myofascial release therapy to our patients in the comfort of private therapy rooms. Please don’t hesitate to call our office if you have questions or wish to make an appointment.

Blog Post written by:
Jeffrey Montiel