Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial release (or MFR) treats skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation; working with a restriction to facilitate a release or unwind. It can be particularly effective where deeper tissue work is too painful.
The fascia, or skin, is the largest organ of the body; it supports and protects all other structures. It also separates us from the outside world; our environment, nature and other people. The fascia can also hold or store pain. When you think about it, it is the most vulnerable part of the body to trauma, overuse and infection.
Often clients with chronic pain will describe feelings of being “stuck” or describe their pain as being “trapped” with their body. This pain can manifest as physical (frozen shoulder for example), emotional, or a combination of the two.
Myofascial release, engages, almost has a conversation with the restriction or barrier, and facilitates an unwind or release by accessing the body’s more primal and subconscious reflexes. Though it is very gentle and often slow, it can be a highly effective treatment for;
- Frozen Shoulders
- Muscle Immobility
- Severe pain; where deeper tissue work is too painful for the client.
It can help relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymph flow and help facilitate a release and unwind.
Experiences vary dramatically, depending on the client, but what myofascial release does is work on the premise that we all possess the power to heal ourselves – perhaps with a little help!
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy works on the understanding that pain frequently radiates from points of local tenderness to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself. There are reliable referred pain patterns, which associate pain in one location with trigger points elsewhere, enabling the therapist to accurately assess and release specific muscles.