Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider's web. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery, and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain, and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia. When the fascial system is injured, it loses its fluidity, tightens, and solidifies, which we call a “restriction”’ causing pain and reduced range of motion. Trauma, injury, stress, repetitive motion, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures can create myofascial restrictions.
During treatment, gentle sustained pressure is applied into the fascial restrictions. This uninterrupted pressure into the system for a minimum of five minutes literally “melts” the restrictions, allowing the areas that have become dense and hard to regain fluidity. Other modalities miss this essential time element that allows the web to open. Myofascial Release, or MFR, is a safe, gentle but extremely deep form of massage that helps reduce or eliminate chronic pain, improve posture, and increase range of motion. It works by returning the textured restrictions in your fascia back to their natural gel-like state. Without it we would not hold our shape!