Myofascial Release (MFR) differs from other forms of bodywork by finding and effectively treating the source of fascial pain and dysfunction. Other forms of bodywork may address the skeletal structure (which is encased by fascia) or stretch elastic fibers (which make up only 1/3 of the total myofascial complex) to gain range of motion but neither of these approaches comprehensively addresses the fascia or fascial restrictions and usually heed only temporary results.
What Makes MFR Different?
Myofascial Release can be considered “deep tissue work” but it should not be compared to “Deep tissue massage” as this is a very different approach. MFR allows the therapist to melt into the layers of fascia and musculature by utilizing techniques that do not merely use more pressure. Using too much pressure can actually cause more pain and resistance in the recipient’s body. The MFR technique is a sustained pressure into a restriction allowing enough time for holding patterns in the body to release their protective “hold”.