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Myofascial Release (MFR)


What in the Body is Fascia?

{pronounced “fash-ee-a”}

Fascia is a sheet of connective tissue covering or binding together internal body structures.

Pilates Fascia - Myofascial Release Therapt - Medina Minneapolis MNThis three-dimensional complex matrix threads itself throughout our body, surrounding our muscles, organs, nerves, bones, blood vessels and even our cells. Everything is held together and in place by fascia.

Fascia is impressively flexible and infinitely adaptable. And because fascia is a very strong, very connected spider web, when one spot on it gets tugged or pulled or injured, the effects ripple throughout the body. This is why we may have pain in our knee that may have nothing to do with a knee injury, but everything to do with an injury to our lower back. The natural, fluid state of the fascia has been traumatized, causing it to harden and tighten.

What is Myofascial Release (MFR)?

{pronounced myo-fash-ee-al}

Mtofascial Release Pilates-Based Therapy Treatment Medina Minneapolis MNThe use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, through the enhancement of strength, flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.

In MFR, a gentle, sustained pressure is applied to points of restriction (those bunched up spots), allowing the connective tissue to release. Picture a stick of cold butter. If you jab your finger into it sharply, you’re just going to hurt your finger, and not even make a dent in the butter. But if you place your finger on the butter, and apply gentle pressure, you’ll find you’re able to slowly sink into the stick of butter, melting your way into it. This is essentially what is happening when an MFR therapist works on the body, or when one performs Self Myofascial Release (SMFR) with myofascial release tools such as rollers and balls.

What are the Benefits of Myofascial Release (MFR)?

  • Reduced pain
  • knots/trigger points Released
  • Improved movement and flexibility
  • Improved muscle function
  • Enhanced circulation (by breaking up the tight areas where blood flow may become restricted)
  • Reduced exercise-related soreness


Debra Dodge

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