My-oh new love…..

Howdy y’all… It’s been quite some time since I’ve written. A lot has gone down in my life, but much has remained the same! I’ve found my perfect fit, an amazing romance; you know,  the “where have you been all my life???”

“Who is this love you ask???”

“Myofascial release,” I answer.

Yup, my new true love comes in the form of a three letter acronym, MFR. I was first introduced to this fabulous massage technique when I had IT band issues from doing hill sprints during the rugby season. I was told I should try a foam roller, so I purchased a cheap thick red foam roller from Target. The rugby team lovingly nicknamed this roller, “big red”; and it came with us on all rugby trips. Big red caused lots of pain, but who knew so much pain could’ve resulted in such relief from inflammation and muscle tension.

I used the foam roller diligently and even upgraded to a firmer version. I was satisfied with my rolling on an inanimate object until I realized there were areas that I was unable to target with the roller due to the nature of our curved bodies and small spaces. It was quite difficult to foam roll my upper traps. I then tried lacrosse balls and barbells (yup a barbell), but none seemed to get at the issue and positioning my body to make the contact was like getting into a difficult yoga pose.

It was in a yoga class that I was given a number to a John Barne’s Myofascial Release Therapist. “Go see Maria”, my friend said. SO… I did. I made an appointment with Maria, and then made another appointment, and another appointment, and then I became an MFR therapist. I went to the level 1 MFR seminar in Syracuse and fell in love all over again. There are so many facets to this type of therapy that the traditional foam roller just can’t touch.

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.. It’s like a sweater that covers your muscles, holding everything in place. Just like when you put your favorite sweater in a hot wash, your fascia can shrink too. In fact, whenever there is trauma or inflammation, the fascia holds tight, 2,000 pounds per square inch tight!

John Barne’s MFR technique, Myofascial Release, is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.

Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)

MFR promotes independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.

Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.

The hands on approach allows for the piezoelctric phenomenon to occur, in turn hydrating the fascia and allowing it to expand and release. Something one cannot get from the inanimate foam roller.

What can MFR treat?

  • Back Pain
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Chronic Pain
  • Disc Problems
  • Migraines
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Neurological Dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Adhesions
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Jaw Pain (TMJ)
  • Painful Scars
  • Scoliosis
  • Infants/Children
  • Sciatica
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Women’s Health Issues

 Check out this video if you’re wondering what to expect out of an MFR treatment session