Myofascial Release

Suitable for:

Musculoskeletal spinal conditions

 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 

Pelvic Pain

 

Fibromyalgia

 

Sports and Over-Use Injuries

 

Migraines

 

Pelvic Imbalance

 

Neck Pain

 

Coccyx (tailbone) Injuries

 

Pain in any part of the body, including headaches and back pain.

 

Sacro-iliac Problems

 

Chronic Pain

 

Frozen Shoulder

 

Chronic Fatigue

 

Bursitis

 

Bulging Discs

 

Scars

 

What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a hands on technique that targets the fascia – the connective tissue that surrounds muscles, bones nerves and organs in the body. Fascia often becomes restricted as a result of trauma, surgery, or inflammatory responses. When this happens pressure is exerted on pain-sensitive areas. Often a patient is unable to discover the source of their pain, as these restrictions, and the pressure they cause cannot be seen in any of the conventional tests.

MFR targets and relieves these pressures using a sustained, relatively firm pressure. Many people find that their muscles benefit from the deep pressure, muscular stretch and deep therapy of MFR. Athletes in particular tend to be fans of firm pressure. MFR is especially useful for patients who are experiencing pressure on joints and muscles that causes them pain, as well as those with tightness that makes their body come out of alignment.

MFR is a holistic therapy which treats each patient as a unique individual. This means that every session will involve hands on treatment, as the practitioner uses various MFR techniques to achieve results including improved movement, enhanced strength, increased flexibility, and better postural and movement awareness.

the appointment – What to expect

The first session includes history taking and postural assessment. Subsequent sessions consist of a short reassessment and follow up treatment. Clients should benefit from each individual session. However, the benefits of treatment have a cumulative effect, and so, it is recommended that the client see through the myofascial release process and engage in a course of treatment.

The patient is treated in underwear or shorts and a bra top, and when lying on the table is covered by a towel.
Fascial work is done skin-on-skin using hands or elbows (no oil or lotion is used) with a moderate to gentle pressure.

Time component – the therapist waits for the tissue to release signified by a yielding or softening of the tissue

Treatment can be done in one or all of the following positions; standing, sitting, face down, face up and side lying.

Generally during sessions, the client needs to be relaxed and patient, trying to focus on the area of the body where the therapist has her hands, acknowledging and working through any of the pain or sensations that the release brings up.
The patient may be asked occasionally for feedback during the treatment and is free to halt or direct the therapist to an area of the body that needs attention at any stage, which the therapist follows, along with visual and sensory responses from the patient.

Please note:
Treatment may evoke emotion during and after the session
Clients may be tender, stiff and or tired post-treatment, but this will pass.

how long is a session

The sessions  are generally 30 – 60mins dependant on the client

learn more about

Myofascial Release

“The amazing thing is that fascia is only now being medically recognized for its importance in maintaining a healthy, fit, toned, calm, and aligned body. In fact, it wasn’t until 2007 that the first international Fascia Research Congress was held at Harvard Medical School, bringing a new awareness to the importance of the fascial webbing system.
These days, “myofascial release” has become a bit of a buzzword in the fitness and wellness communities: Medical science is finally catching on that fascia is a major player in every movement you make and every trauma you’ve experienced, making it largely responsible for ‘shaping’ the body.”

Lauren Roxburgh (Structural Integrative Specialist)

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