Myofascial Release (MFR) 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. The use of myofascial release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one
on one therapy sessions are hands on treatments during which our Anchor Physical Therapists in Pittsburgh use a multitude of MFR Techniques.
We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, improving
flexibility and strength, and awareness in posture and movement. Each MFR session is performed
directly on the skin. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the
appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.
Some of the many conditions treated by MFR are:
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Chronic Fatigue
- Carpal Tunnel
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Sports Injuries
- Neurological Problems
- Restricted Motion
- Stress and Tension related problems
WHAT IS FASCIA?
Fascia is a tough, dense connective tissue that spreads throughout the body in a 3-dimensional web
from head to toe without interruption. It covers every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as
all of our internal organs and spinal cord.
Fascia plays an important role in the support and function of our bodies, since it surrounds and
attaches to all structures. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration.
It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. However, when one experiences physical
trauma, emotional trauma, scarring or inflammation, the fascia loses it's pliability. It becomes tight,
restricted and a source of tension to the rest of the body.
Trauma such as a fall, car accident, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture and repetitive
stress injuries has cumulative effects on the body. The change trauma causes in the fascial system
influences comfort and function of our body. Fascial restrictions can exert excessive pressure causing
all kinds of symptoms. Producing pain, headaches or restrictions of motion. Fascial restrictions affect
our flexibility and stability and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform
It is thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering with pain and lack of motion
may be having fascial problems, but most go undiagnosed.