An Introduction to Myo-Fascial Release

3 min read January 31, 2017 at 2:39pm

Original post date July 15th 2015.


Erin Marshall, one of our great RMT's here at Axis Registered Massage Therapy is now offering a new specialized massage therapy service that goes beyond traditional massage therapy to target a specific system within our bodies. Myofascial Release (MFR) is a soft tissue technique that engages our body's fascial network that integrates into all the muscles and joints in the body. As with traditonal massage therapy MFR is also covered by many extended health care plans,when it is performed by a Registered Massage Therapist.

MyoFascial Release is offered as:

60 Minutes: $95

75 Minutes: $115

90 Minutes: $135

You might have more questions, and so to get a full picture of Myo-Fascial Release read below:

What is fascia?

Fascia is a tough connective tissue, composed of an elasto-collagenous complex. This complex creates a 3-dimensional web which extends CONTINUOSLY from the top of the head to the tip of the toes, without interruption. It surrounds and infuses with every muscle, organ, bone, nerve and blood vessel all the way down to the cellular level.

Fascia is continuous within the body but thickens in distinct areas such as the lumbar region (Thoraco Lumbar Fascia) and the lateral thigh (IT Band)

Fascia is continuous within the body but thickens in distinct areas such as the lumbar region (Thoraco Lumbar Fascia) and the lateral thigh (IT Band).

What is its role in the body?

  • Helps to support and protect the structures

  • Creates separation between vessels, organs, bones and muscles

  • Creates space through which nerves, blood vessels and fluids must pass

Fascia can lose its pliability and become solidified, shortened and restricted, creating a source of tension in the rest of the body. These restrictions are often the result of trauma and the inflammatory process that follows.

How is a MFR appointment different?

Soft tissue work is done WITHOUT LOTION OR OIL, to gently and superficially access and then release the restrictions within the collagen of the fascia. Basically, MFR is releasing the “tourniquet” around the muscles, nerves and blood vessels. All of these are SLOW, GENTLE and RELAXING. These qualities make MFR a great alternative to traditional massage which can be sometimes painful, or overly stimulating.

Who should receive MFR?

Myofascial Release is effective at treating a number of impairments, especially:

  • Chronic Pain

  • Headaches and Migraines

  • Joint Restrictions of motion and disease

What is the MFR process?

  1. Clients are encouraged to bring shorts(men/women) and sports bras(women) for treatment. Minimal draping is used for the MFR treatment.

  2. Treatment lengths include 60 min, 75 min and 90 min.

  3. In this time Erin will perform a brief assessment, create a treatment plan, apply the MFR Techniques and prescribe any necessary follow-up care, including exercises, stretches or hydro-therapy.

Often with a physical release in an MFR treatment, there may also an emotional release. If this occurs Clients are encouraged to talk to their therapist about their experience having MFR.

Info compiled from John F. Barnes, P.T. “Myofascial Release I”