Myofascial Release Technique:
In October 2013 I completed a Diploma in Myofascial Release Technique (MRT)
It’s a technique not offered by many therapists but which is gaining a reputation for giving the benefit of sport massage with a much more gentle approach.
What is fascia?
Fascia is the connective tissue which holds together our muscles and which link the bone and muscular structures of our bodies. Fascia connects the pelvis to the shoulder, and the sole of the foot to the hamstrings and so on…
Could it help you?
Do you have very tight muscle which is difficult to loosen during sport or holistic massage. Do you have areas of your body which feel ‘solid’, possibly across your lower back, shoulders or the outside of your leg (ITB)? Do you feel your body needs ‘clicking’ back into place? Do you have pain from tight muscles?
If these symptoms sound familiar then MFR would be worth a try. By releasing the fascia the underlying muscles can the be treated much more easily. If the fascia is pulling on bony structures such as the pelvis or shoulder girdle the releasing it can allow the muscles to settle back to their correct position.
What should I expect from a treatment?
The treatment will start with a consultation to assess your condition, level of pain or discomfort. This will be followed by Biomechanic based muscle testing and depending on your condition range of movement and nerve mobility tests. For some clients the Myofascial Release Technique is all that is required to ‘free up’ the body and allow easier movement. For other clients once the fascia has been released we can move onto work on the underlying muscles.
The Myofascial release treatment commences with gentle pressure from the therapists hands on tight fascial areas. This warms the area and it will begin to ease or give a little. As this eases, the therapist’s hands will move to cover a bigger area. The fascia becomes more mobile and the underlying muscle can function with more efficiency. The main areas I work on are the shoulders, both front and back, upper and lower back, legs and feet, and back up to the neck area. If you prefer to be clothed during the treatment this is possible although the treatment needs to be on bare skin so do wear a vest top and loose skirt (for ladies) or shorts (for men). Oil is not used during Myofascial Release.
If I move on to work on the underlying muscles this will be with oil or massage lotion. Working on deeper layers after Myofascial Release tends to gives an effective result on the muscle without the need for heavy pressure. To a large degree this takes away the painful nature of sport massage enabling you to relax. This in turn helps the dysfunctional muscles return to normality more easily.
Following a Myofascial Release and Sport Massage treatment I would repeat the tests we started with to check for change. I often prescribe home exercises and apply ‘Kinesio Tape’ to continue the treatment.
I have had great results with this so far. Clients have reported low back pain relief, reduction in hip pain, and significant relief from plantar fasciitis.
I am a great believer in trying new techniques and trying different approaches to get the
optimum result. If you’ve tried it please do give me feedback so I can develop my techniques further.