Myofascial Release (MFR) is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Fascia is a tough connective tissue that surrounds most structures in the body. It functions to provide support, protection, and improves shock absorption. Myofascial release focuses on removing fascial adhesions acquired during injuries by using gentle sustained pressure applied in a specific direction.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the typical imaging studies such as X-Ray and MRI. MFR affects change in the Myofascial structures by stretching, elongating fascia, and/or mobilizing adhesive tissues and ultimately helps change body posture.
While myofascial release is similar to Active Release Technique there are several important distinctions and some conditions respond better to one or the other. For this reason the chiropractic sports physicians at DSM Spine+Sport have received training in both techniques and will use a thorough history and exam to decide which technique will work best for each patient.