What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release (MFR) is the application of pressure by the MFR therapist to the restricted fascial region in order to acquire the desired release. By applying sustained pressure, the therapist creates an electric charge (piezoelectric effect) that helps turn the ground substance which binds our fascia into a more viscous, slippery substance which allows the fascia to release. The amount of pressure varies between patients, types of injuries, and regions of the body. There are two basic treatment techniques used in MFR: direct and indirect, or a combination of both. Direct myofascial release is when the therapist slowly slides his or her hand across the skin, while engaging the fascia, with a specific amount of pressure. With indirect myofascial release the therapist engages the fascia with a specific amount of pressure and waits for the fascial release to occur. They may wait 30 seconds or more depending on the restriction itself. Both these myofascial release techniques work well, and are used based on the therapist’s judgment of what is necessary to help heal the individual receiving the treatment.

What is Fascia?

Fascia is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue system that permeates the human body forming a whole body continuous three dimensional matrix of structural support (Fascia Research Congress 2007). It is a viscoelastic matrix which envelops muscles, bones and organs playing an important role in transmitting mechanical forces between muscles (Huijing, 2009). Therapies directed to fascia may improve balance and posture (DillaGrotte, 2008) Thomas Findley, M.D. Ph.d 2011. Myofascial Release Therapy and KMI Structural Integration are therapies that directly impact the fascial net.