Myofascial Release (MFR)

Myofascial release is generally a gentle, yet extremely effective form of bodywork.

Myo – meaning muscle, fascia – meaning band. It’s a web-like three dimensional matrix, and it surrounds, intertwines, protects and supports every structure of the body. Myofascial release (MFR) is a manual therapy, like massage this therapy is growing in popularity throughout the world, it’s a soft tissue therapy which is quickly gaining recognition as the missing link in health-care.

Myofascial release works on the muscles and fascia of your body, giving fundamental, long lasting benefits. It can change to your posture and physique. Clients can expect to feel less restricted, decreased levels of pain and an increased ease of movement.


How it works

When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesion’s (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Adhesion’s can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.

Myofascial release works by using sustained pressure to engage and encourage an unwinding within the fascia. This allows the strands of fascia to lengthen and return to their optimum position. Adhesion’s will flatten out and normal range of movement will return.

Standard tests such as X-rays, CAT scans etc don’t show myofascial restrictions, so unexplained pains could be caused by Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS).

Does it hurt?

Generally MFR is very gentle. Certain techniques can be uncomfortable, and sometimes painful. Especially techniques which require a deep hold on the fascia. It will never be above an agreed level of pain or your pain threshold.

Having said that, it is important to communicate with the therapist throughout the treatment, and let the therapist know if any soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort range.

Sometimes an emotional response can come from releasing fascia. This can bring familiar pain sensations from fascia memory. Emotions can be felt as fascia starts to release if the issue is tied to emotional stress. E.g. If you had a car crash years ago, you may experience the same type of pain and emotions that you felt when it happened. The release is a good thing and should be encouraged if comfortable with it.

You may experience stiffness and soreness up to a few days after treatment, but this should subside within a few days. The therapist may recommend applying ice and or heat to the area after the massage.

What to expect

Therapists may use thumbs, fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, forearms or tools during treatment. Myofacial release techniques often involve a static holding, which can last a while depending on how the fascia reacts to the treatment. You will be encouraged to concentrate on the part of the body being treated, this requires a quiet mind and totally relaxed body. The therapist can help with this if you struggle.

What can MFR do for you?

  • Release of bound down fascia causing issues
  • Increased healing rate of damaged or overworked tissues. This reduces recovery time and allows you to get back to health quicker than usual.
  • Decreases risk of injury by identifying and treating current muscle weakness, injuries and tight areas.
  • Clear out waste and toxins from the muscles that make you feel lethargic and heavy.
  • Break down adhesion’s that can develop in the fascia of the body, improving flexibility, mobility, circulation, healing rate and decrease in pain.
  • Emotional release
  • Physiological dysfunction improvement
  • Knock on effect from ‘unwinding’ – E.G. shoulder impingement could be causing ‘Carpel Tunnel Syndrome’ type symptoms. Fix the shoulder, fix the symptom.


  • £35.00 Per Treatment

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  • £30.00 Per Treatment
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