Myofascial Release Therapy

June 2, 2013 | By | 1 Reply

– Dr. Aditi Rajan

What is Myofascial Release?

What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release (MFR) is an effective hands-on therapy which can directly change and improve health of the fascia. The purpose of MFR is to break down scar tissue, relax the muscle and ‘myofascia’ and restore good posture.

  • MFR techniques focus on relaxing the deep tissue of the body providing lasting and effective relief to the patient.
  • It uses slow and sometimes deep pressure to restore the proper health of the fascia.

What is Myofascia?

Myofascia is the dense tough tissue that surrounds and covers all your muscles and bones. This outer covering, called fascia is very strong and flexible. Under a microscope Myofascia resembles a spider web or fish net. It can best be described as a complete body suit which runs from the top of your head down to the bottom of your toes.


  • In a healthy body Myofascia helps to maintain good posture, range of motion and flexibility. To summarize Myofascia, It is called the “tissue of movement”.
  • Damage to an area of Myofascia can affect other distant areas in your body even years later.

When Myofascia is damaged or traumatized it can become too tight and cause a number of problems such as:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain and spasms
  • Chronic back and neck pain
  • Recurring injuries
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Sensations such as numbness and pins and needles
  • Poor posture and reduced flexibility
  • Arthritic conditions

 Causes of Myofascial Pain

Myofascial pain can have two sources:

  1. Pain can be generated from the skeletal muscle or connective tissues that are ‘bound down’ by tight fascia.
  2. Pain can also be generated from damaged myofascial tissue itself, sometimes at a ‘trigger point’ where a contraction of muscle fibers has occurred.

In either case, the restriction or contraction inhibits blood flow to the affected structures, thus accentuating the contraction process further unless the area is treated.
Things that can cause this once flexible tissue (Myofascia) to become too tight are:

  • Inflammation
  • Traumas, such as a fall or car accident
  • Work injuries
  • Poor posture
  • Lack of stretching such as prolonged sitting or standing
  • Emotional/psychological stress
  • Repetitive motions, such as factory work or keyboarding

The benefits of using Myofascial Release therapy includes:

  • Reduction in muscle spasms
  • Improved joint movement
  • Decreased muscle and fascial tension
  • Improved breathing
  • Reduction in chronic recurring injuries

In general Myofascial Release is used to improve the health of the muscles and fascia, improve circulation and restore good posture.

What does a Myofascial Release treatment feel like?

  • The pressure: ranges from very gentle touch to deeper pressure. It should never be beyond your tolerance .It is important to give feedback to your practitioner during the treatment.
  • The experience: A slight burning sensation in the skin, which is perfectly normal and safe. Others may feel a gentle to deep stretch on the area being treated.
  • Duration: MFR treatments can last from 15 minutes to over an hour.
  • Tension in fascia can effect and cause pain in other areas, your therapist may treat other areas of the body to positively affect your treatment outcome.
  • For example, your therapist may work on the hips and low back to help reduce tension in the neck which in turn can cause headaches. This makes Myofascial Release such an effective treatment.
  • The number of treatments required: It varies, however a general rule is that you should notice a change in your condition in respect to tightness.

Myofascial Release
To conclude, Myofascial Release is a very effective treatment program that can significantly improve many soft tissue and orthopedic conditions.
Here at PhysioRehab we do Myofascial Release Therapy as a part of rehab for our patients with various postural syndromes and related ailments.

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  1. Shirin Niazi says:

    I get muscular spasms if I have been standing or sitting for long periods. Cramps in left leg while asleep.can I do any exercise to avoid this pain.

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