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Myofascial Release (MFR)

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a specialised treatment that releases restrictions within the connective tissue also known as Fascia. The Fascia tissue is woven around every muscle, bone, artery and veins it also wraps around your internal organs. Put simply it is binding us together.

Why is Myofascial Release used?

If the body experiences any kind of trauma, mental or physical, the fascia will lose its pliability and become hard, dehydrated and stuck. For the person affected this results in increased pain and limited mobility. MFR is used to reduce pain and restore motion.

What is Myofascial Release therapy?

MFR is a hands-on, manual therapy applied without using massage oil. Palpation skills are used to assess the structure and function of the body, allowing your therapist to determine which techniques to use.

MFR involves gentle sustained pressure to allow the fascia to elongate and restore to a healthy position. Therefore enabling stuck, hardened and dehydrated areas to become pliable, soft, mobile and hydrated.

What conditions can Myofascial Release help?

The conditions MFR can help with are any that include inflammation or scarring. The conditions can be caused by post-surgery effects, cancer side effects, poor postural habits, a fall or a car accident.

How does Myofascial Release work?

The therapist focuses on soft tissue dysfunction, pain, tension and holding patterns.  MFR increases the body’s own restorative powers by improving circulation and nervous system transmission.

The therapist gently applies pressure and movement in the area affected. The technique used starts improving the pliability of the fibrous network of collagen and elastin fibres that are entwined throughout your body. Consequently pain is reduced and motion in muscle and the ligaments is restored.

How can you measure if MFR is working?

The results speak for themselves. As the areas of tightness are released by using the MFR technique clients experience reduced pain and improved mobility and functionality in the damaged areas.

Who can deliver MFR?

Our complementary therapists are fully qualified in Myofascial Release. Their MFR accreditation combined with their specialist knowledge of treating patients with a cancer diagnosis is key to effectively supporting our service users.

Who can use our MFR service?

Our trained therapists offer the service to anyone diagnosed with cancer and anyone in the family affected by cancer.

If you would like to find out more get in touch today on 0141 337 8199 or email info@cancersupportscotland.org

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