What is myofascial release therapy?

What is myofascial release therapy?

Myofascial release therapy is also known as MFR therapy. It focuses on releasing muscular shortness and

tightness creating greater flexibility and movement. Myofascial release is a very common technique used by

physical therapists and other medical professionals in which a gentle sustained pressure is applied into the

myofascial connective tissues to eliminate pain and restore motion.

Unfortunately, myofascial damage does not show up in many of the standard tests such as x-rays and CAT

scans. Physical examinations are necessary to determine fascia and muscular problems. Myofascial release

therapy allows therapists to look at each patient as a unique individual with their own individual problems and

needs. It provides pain relief for patients with restricted flexibility and movement. This gentle sustained

pressure allows the muscles to elongate returning to their original positions. It can also help prepare patients

for more aggressive forms of strengthening training.

Oils, creams and machinery are not used while performing these “massage-like” treatment sessions because

the therapist needs to actually “feel”, with their hands, to apply the appropriate amount of pressure to

facilitate release of the fascia and to accurately detect the muscular problems they need to work on. This

technique is typically confused with regular massages; however, it can only be applied by trained/certified

professionals that understand the muscular and nervous systems.

Here at Broward Manual Rehab, all of our therapists are trained to perform myofascial release therapy. We

provide hands-on treatments like myofascial release therapy to our patients in the comfort of private therapy

rooms. Please don’t hesitate to call our office if you have questions or wish to make an appointment.

Blog Post written by:
Jeffrey Montiel