What is myofascial release?


Myofascial release therapy (MFR) is a whole body hands-on approach

The MFR technique is very different to that of deep tissue massage. It is a non-invasive, gentle but firm technique that works on the superficial and deeper fascia to release restrictions. Sustained pressure is applied to the fascia until a release is felt and the tissue becomes softer and more pliable. These releases take the pressure off pain sensitive structures such as nerves and blood vessels and restore alignment and mobility to muscles and joints.

As MFR therapists we are trained to find the pain and look elsewhere for the cause. In treating the whole body we release the overall tension physically and emotionally. We are treating the body naturally, without force, improving posture, balance, increase range of motion and motor control.

What is fascia?

Fascia is fibrous collagenous tissue which spreads throughout the body from head to toe without interruption. In its normal state the fascia is relaxed and glides with the ability to stretch and move without restriction. Trauma, injury or inflammation causes the fascia to lose its flexibility. It becomes hard and can be a source of tension.

How can MFR help?

MFR allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. As Fascial restrictions do not show up on CAT scans, MRI’s or XRAYs therefore many patients are suffering unresolved physical and emotional pain due to undiagnosed fascial restrictions. MFR with its whole body approach treats the cause at the deepest level.

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
  • TMJ
  • Tendinitis

"I am in my 90's and after a lifetime of vigorous sporting activities including skiing running and. mountain walking unsuprisingly have arthritic knees.Lyn's massage therapy has been highly successful in warding off replacement knee operations and I can now walk my dogs twice a day for at least an hour at a time virtually without pain."

Peter Malpass, Retired