Anyone does well with MFR, and, it is different from massage as it addresses the structure of the body. What does that mean? It can mean that if you come regularly for massage to address pain or agitation, but results do not last more than a few hours or a day, then you may very well want to try a full myofascial release treatment to feel the difference. Our structure is made up of a tough connective tissue called fascia. Fascia encases the whole body from underneath the skin and further encases and threads through muscles and organs before inserting into the skeleton. When the system of the fascia is open and pliable, it allows us to do amazing things and enjoy our lives. When the system of fascia becomes restricted through micro-traumas from athletics/vigorous activity or any repetitive action, or even from the inaction of sitting, it solidifies to the point where it creates stiffness and pain, oftentimes leading to chronic pain, and surgeries to address the chronic pain. If you are considering surgery, please try this modality as worst case, it helps prepare your system better to receive surgery and can aid in recovery from surgery (addressing scar tissue, opening the system back up to move anaesthesia and is after affects out of the body).
Myofascial release has had strong results helping alleviate symptoms such as stiffness or tension through the body, headaches/migraines, addresses pain that clients may have had for sometimes up to decades, addresses postural challenges (scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis), can alleviate the sharp pain that comes with arthritis at varying joint structures, and can open up other systems within the body such as the lungs and ribcage to breathe, the heart to pump more effectively, the adrenals to balance easier, abdominal discomfort, sometime digestive issues, adhesions from scar tissue. It can also help with sports injuries, decreased range of motion, frozen shoulder to name a few more.
When our structure is better balanced, massage can then refine the benefits of relaxation and health by creating a wavelike flow for improved circulation, lymph flow, and for nutrients to make their way to areas that may have been closed off due to myofascial restriction. Swedish massage can better help to relax; Therapeutic massage can better heal; Deep Tissue massage does not have to be as painful as it is, thereby allow you to receive deep work and relax into it rather than brace against it; the lymph can better drain. You will better be able to enjoy the benefits of Thai massage, of Ashiatsu massage. Your chiropractic care will last longer as the restrictions of the fascia that have been pulling your spine into dysfunction do not have the same hold and your facial system begins to re-educate towards improved overall alignment.
What you should expect in your first or many myofascial release treatment(s) is an email that explains that this is a dry technique that is most effective if you do not apply lotion or moisturizer to the skin the day of treatment. Clients should also bring loose shorts and a top for women (loose camisole, loose sportsbra, or loose yoga top) to wear during treatment time as these allow the therapist the ability to do a postural assessment, apply technique in a variety of ways that can include laying on the table and periodically sitting in a chair or on the table or to be in standing. It also allows you as the client to receive treatment in and around the hips and pelvis area or around the base of the breast areas to work deeper layers that may be contributing to a restricted symptom. With some of our techniques, you may very well feel you are being stretched. In some ways, it is similar to a sports massage and sometimes your therapist may integrate a form of treatment called rebounding which is used to assess and treat.
The pressure of engagement of Myofascial release is gentle to firm depending on the fascial make-up of the client. Many of us have built up high pain tolerances and are in such agitation that this treatment may feel “too gentle”. You may not feel like much has happened while on the table or in treatment. But, you will know better when you get up off the table, maybe know better by the time you have walked out to the parking lot, or later that week as the effects of this work gently unravel the body.
Clients ask how often to receive treatment, and, it really is personal in that every single body has a slightly different myofascial make-up (the density of the fascia). Every single myofascial make-up will have different restriction patterns even if 10 people came in all noting low back pain. And, everyone’s fascia releases differently as it is very connected to the nervous system. Most of us do need to be treated weekly for 2-4 weeks before shifting to an every other week frequency, then every 3rd week, moving their way to monthly which for many is considered maintenance. Others need more of an intensive format where they may come in a few times a week, even every day depending on personal goals as frequency helps move a system that releases slowly, and addresses in a global way before too much time passes and the patterns of our daily living pull us back into patterns, some of which we may not be aware are creating stress on our structure.
For myself, when I was in chronic pain, I used to get chiropractic adjustments several times a week till I got on the table for 8 weeks straight for myofascial released – I was in a pretty bad place. As I worked my way towards monthly maintenance, I was able to let go of chiropractic care. Periodically, I would set up 2-3 days of 2-3 hours a day of treatment and though I felt achy for a few hours after treatment (just the way my body felt in re-organizing period of my structure), things would shift and I would find my body in a new place of ability. I would find a great chiropractor when I was out in Arizona and we traded for a bit. I found that the form of chiropractic care he was doing with myofascial release treatment really felt good in my body. I am always feeling to surround myself with a team of practitioners. Most of them are myofascial release therapist. But as my body continues to improve and open, I have tried other forms of massage and the benefits they offer. I am about to try a few chiropractors to add to my team. It is not that I do everything in a week’s time, but I have learned to feel for what I need, and to set up time to be proactive in my health.
The goal is to get you better, living your life, enjoying your life. For some clients, that means getting back to more invigorating activities, for others, it may mean shifting to more gentle activities. Within this pandemic, many of our clients have found that myofascial release allows them to connect into their bodies at a level that is like going to the ocean, and uncovering a different relationship to who each of us is, and our purposes in life. Everyone’s experience is slightly different, so you could ask 10 different clients what to expect, you would probably get 10 very different responses. You will know when you step into your own experience.
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