Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR) focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness. Many people seek myofascial treatment after losing flexibility or function following an injury; MFR is also used if experiencing ongoing back, shoulder, hip, or general pain in any area containing soft tissue.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is the biological fabric that holds us together, a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs. Understanding fascia is essential to the dance between stability and movement – it’s crucial in high performance, central in recovery from injury and disability, and ever-present in our daily life from our embryological beginnings to the last breath we take.
Conditions treated by myofascial release therapy include:
- Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Migraine headaches
Symptoms that can be relieved through myofascial release:
- Tightness of the tissues that restricts motion or pulls the body out of alignment, causing individuals to favor and overuse one hip or shoulder.
- A sense of excessive pressure on muscles or joints that produces pain.
- Pain in any part or parts of the body, including headache or back pain.
Sources of Myofascial Pain
Pain can be generated from the skeletal muscle or connective tissues that are ‘bound down’ by tight fascia. Pain can also originate 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.
Booking a massage
Massage is available 6 days a week at Boulder’s CrossFit Sanitas. We’ve designed our schedule so that you can book as early as the same day. Don’t see something available at the time you need? Give us a call at 303-449-4635 and we’ll do our best to get you in as soon as possible!