Understanding Myo-Facial Release Therapy

Myo-fascial release

Myo-fascial release (or MFR) is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. This alternative medicine therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.

Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body, including muscle. Fascia supports and protects these structures. Osteopathic theory proposes that this soft tissue can become restricted due to psychogenic disease, overuse, trauma, infectious agents, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow. Although fascia and its corresponding muscle are the main targets of myo-fascial release, other tissue may be addressed as well, including other connective tissue.

The direct myofascial release method claims to engage the myofascial tissue “restrictive barrier” (tension).. Direct myo-fascial release is an attempt to bring about changes in the myo-fascial structures by stretching or elongation of fascia, or mobilizing adhesive tissues.

The practitioner moves slowly through the layers of the fascia until the deeper tissues are reached.  This technique is used at STOJANOVICH CHIROPRACTIC for the chronic patients who are moving slowly through the progression of there care do the chronic nature of there condition. Some have questions about if efficacy. But when were looking for a solution to a chronic nonsurgical issue, its another avenue of approach, many of my patients have benefited.