Myofascial Release FAQ's

What should I expect on my first appointment?

 

Myofascial Release is most effective on skin that has not had any lotion applied. Athletic wear such as shorts and sports bra or a swimsuit is best. Your first appointment will also include an intake where we discuss your health history and your goals for treatment. How would better movement and reduced pain affect your lifestyle? We will also discuss a self treatment plan to help you reach your goals.

How does Myofascial stretching differ from traditional Therapy?

 

Traditional therapy often only offers temporary results.

Myofascial release differs by taking “a whole person” approach to achieve authentic healing. We look at structural, emotional and fluid components that might be resulting in pain or reduced range of motion.

A session with an MFR therapist will feel different than what you might have tried before! First, myofascial techniques are held for 3-5 minutes. Traditional therapy might only hold for a brief time which only lengthens muscle and the elastic component of fascia. The stiff, collagen component requires at least 3 minutes to lengthen and result in lasting change.

Second,  Myofascial release oftentimes uses active elongation. This occurs when you actively participate in a release of the tissue. Responding to how your tissue is untying it’s own knots. Feeling how your movement lengthens the tissue in a three-dimensional way  allows the fascia to unwind and stretch like taffy to cause lasting effects. 

Can Myofascial Release Help My Pelvic Pain?

Tight facial tissue can be the cause of conditions such as endometriosis, abdominal pain following pelvic surgery, episiotomy scars, coccygeal disorders from trauma. Myofascial release can address painful menstrual and premenstrual symptoms, in addition to painful symptoms of pregnancy, childbirth, recurrent bladder pain and infection, frequency, urgency and/or incontinence, painful intercourse, sexual dysfunction, elimination problems, tailbone pain, painful episiotomy scars and more. These problems can often be substantially reduced or eliminated by gentle Myofascial release.

How Does Myofascial Release Differ From Rolfing?

Rolfing and Myofascial Release both work on the fascia. Both are very effective and treatment is an individual choice. Rolfing uses a prescribed method for a specific number of treatments. In MFR therapy, the practitioner begins the healing journey based on the client’s specific symptoms and then follows an optimal individual therapeutic progression for maximum benefit. When done correctly, neither Myofascial Release nor Rolfing should be painful.

How Does Myofascial Release Differ From Massage Therapy?

Deep tissue massage, also called myofascial massage, uses soft-tissue manipulation to effectively reduce stress, tension, pain and fatigue, but only temporarily. Myofascial Release can also reduce tension and pain, but the results are generally permanent because the actual structure of the tissue is being changed.

Myofascial Release is a specialized form of manual therapy capable of preventing, reducing or eliminating more serious, chronic or widespread conditions. Regular massage uses firm stretching and short hold duration, while Myofascial Release focuses on mild, prolonged stretches that allow the fascia to relax so permanent changes to take effect. Fascia cannot be stretched with fast, hard typical massage stretches.

Symptoms often appear in areas far away from their cause, so the Myofascial Release therapist will evaluate your structural alignment and customize treatment to address your unique imbalances. Massage therapy feels good temporarily, but is generally unable to address structural imbalances in the way that MFR can.

Myofascial Stretching differs from conventional stretching in 3 primary ways

  • Time Element: Myofascial stretches are held continuously for 2-5 minutes. As mentioned, holding stretches for a brief time only lengthens muscle and the elastic component of fascia. The stiff, collagen component requires at least 2 minutes to lengthen and cause lasting change.
  • Active elongation: Myofascial stretching oftentimes uses active elongation. This is when you actively move your torso or limbs as if you’re trying to make it longer and truly feeling how your movement lengthens the tissue in a three-dimensional way. This allows the fascia to unwind and stretch like taffy to cause lasting effects.
  • Mindful Stretching: Myofascial stretching involves being consciously present throughout the process. Stretching is much more effective when you direct your attention, “breathe into”, and notice the release within the tissue as it releases and elongates.