Myofascial Release (MR)
Our certified therapists work to alleviate pain, relieve stress, and improve your health and well being by the mobilization of the soft tissue including skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue.
Beneficial Effects of MR
MR is the systematic manual application of pressure & movement to the soft tissue of the body-the skin, tendons, ligaments, fascia (the membrane surrounding muscles and muscle groups). It encourages healing by promoting the flow of blood and lymph, relieving tension, stimulating nerves, and stretching and loosening muscles and connective tissue to keep them elastic.
•MR reduces waste products such as lactic acid and carbonic acid that build up in muscles after activity and cause cramping, discomfort, and irritability. It also enhances the immune system and aids recovery from soft tissue injuries by increasing blood circulation to injured areas.
•MR dilates or opens up blood vessels, improving the circulation and relieving congestion. MR also increases the number of red blood cells, especially in cases of anemia.
•MR acts as a “mechanical cleanser” pushing along the lymph and hastening the elimination of wastes & toxic debris.
•MR increases the blood supply and nutrition to the muscles without adding to their load of toxic acid, produced through voluntary muscle contraction (such as exercise). MR thus helps to overcome harmful “fatigue” products resulting from strenuous exercise or injury.
•MR improves muscle tone and helps prevent or delay muscular atrophy resulting from forced inactivity. MR relaxes muscle spasms and relieves muscle tension.
•Transverse MR (a therapeutic MR technique) separates muscle fibers, undoing or preventing the formations of adhesions. MR stretches connective tissue, improves its circulation and nutrition so that it breaks down or prevents the formation of adhesions, and reduces the danger of fibroids.
•MR can compensate, or at least in part, for lack of exercise or muscular contraction in persons who because of injury, illness, or age are forced to remain inactive. In these cases, MR helps return venous blood to the heart and so eases the strain on this vital organ.
•MR may have a sedative, stimulating, or even exhausting effect on the nervous system, depending on the type and length of MR treatment given.
•MR improves the general circulation and nutrition of tissues. It is accompanied or followed by an increase interchange of substances between the blood and tissue cells, heightening tissue metabolism.
•MR improves the circulation and nutrition of joints and hastens the elimination of harmful particles in the synovial fluid. It helps to lessen inflammation and swelling in joints, thereby alleviating pain.
•MR disperses the edma following injury to ligaments and tendons, lessening pain, and facilitating movement.
•MR empties the larger ducts and channels of the body, thereby decreasing the auto-intoxication resulting from re-absorption of toxic materials in these channels due to constipation or inflammation.