Myofascial Release (MFR)
During myofascial release therapy the doctor or therapist locates myofascial areas that feel tight, spastic, and restricted. These areas are often referred to as “trigger points’. After identifying and locating these trigger points the fascia is released through manual massage, sustained pressure, and stretching. Releasing this restricted fascia can greatly reduce pain, improve muscle function and strengthen the immune system. When the fascia is restricted and the lymphatic flow is impaired, the immune system is suppressed. Myofascial release therapy increases the circulatory flow of the body therefore reducing inflammation.
Myofascial release aims to relax contracted muscles that may be spastic as a result of a whiplash injury (car accident) and/or any neck and low back sprain strain. Myofascial Release Therapy improves the body’s circulation (blood and lymphatic) and stimulates the muscles’ stretch reflex. MFR is a soft tissue therapy directed at the fascia, which is the tough elastic connective tissue that wraps muscle tissue in most other structures in the body.